Former Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad popped in unexpectedly at the U.S. 20 Summit last Thursday at Buena Vista University. Branstad, who was not listed on the dignitary agenda, was attending a long-term care conference at Siebens Forum and stopped by to offer his remarks on Highway 20.
"I think we're closer than ever to getting it done in Iowa," Branstad said. He said four-laning U.S. 20 would also take pressure off I-80 traffic.
Branstad said he also wanted to congratulate those who resisted funds leaving the state Road Fund in the 1980s. He said he was the one who led the charge to raise pickup registration fees from $50 to $65, and that was 20 years ago, Branstad said. Pickup registration fees remain at a maximum of $65.
"It does seem like a logical way to raise money," Branstad said.
Pickups in Iowa pay a far lower registration fee than other vehicles, often a fifth to a sixth as much for comparably priced vehicles.