A transportation funding plan negotiated by lawmakers won't provide enough money to repair Iowa's road system, but a Democratic leader said Thursday it's a start that could be expanded in future years.
Senate Majority Leader Michael Gronstal said that after this year's election, lawmakers may consider increasing the gasoline tax to raise more money for transportation projects.
"I think it is likely the next Legislature will continue to look at the transportation infrastructure needs in this state and will continue looking at ways to add resources to do that," said Gronstal, D-Council Bluffs. "I think that obviously includes a fuel tax."
State transportation officials have projected the state needs about $200 million a year to keep up with needed highway repairs.