FM3 Poll: Iowa Voters Support Sales Tax Increase for Conservation

Posted on: January 25, 2013

From a January 24 article in the Des Moines Register:

The bipartisan poll conducted earlier this month by Fairbank, Maslin, Maullin, Metz & Associates and Public Opinion Strategies found that 63 percent of Iowans support the three-eighths of 1 percent increase, as compared to 34 percent opposed.


The projects eligible for funding — as outlined in state law — include conservation work on farms, new trails, and cleanup at Iowa’s lakes and rivers. Missouri has had a similar dedicated sales-tax fund for years, and Minnesota recently added one.

“It shows when you look at the Legislature and governor and how they allocated money in the past few years, those actions don’t reflect people’s wishes,” Langgin said. “Not only do they support the work, but they are willing to increase their taxes to pay for it.”

The state has routinely spent less than 1 percent of the general fund, combined, on natural resources and agriculture programs.

The coalition, which includes the the Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation, the Iowa Association of County Conservation Boards, the Nature Conservancy, the Iowa Environmental Council and others, plans to meet with voters statewide to drum up support.

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