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Senate Dem’s: Plan to fund roads ‘cheap, election-year gimmick’

DES MOINES – The Chair of the Senate Transportation Committee today expressed his disappointment at a news release that unfairly questions Senator Amanda Ragan’s commitment to improving the safety of Iowa’s roads and bridges.

“There’s no question that Senator Ragan is committed to finding ways to ensure that Iowa’s roads and bridges are safe for years to come,” said Senator Tom Rielly of Oskaloosa, chair of the Senate Transportation Committee.

Rielly’s comments were made in response to a news release from Republican State Senator Joni Ernst, who sponsored an amendment to divert possible future funding from online poker revenues to the Road Use Tax Fund.

“I’ve fought for eight years to improve the safety of our roads and bridges.  I know the difference between a serious proposal and a cheap political trick. Senator Ernst’s scheme was a made-up election-year gimmick.  That’s why a bipartisan group of Senators defeated it,” Rielly said.

“The simple truth is that Senator Amanda Ragan is working with Republican and Democratic legislators on real solutions to the real problems facing the people in her district.”

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