Iowa Lawmakers Approve Bill That Changes Distribution of Federal Transportation Dollars to Cities and Counties

The Des Moines Register reports on the passage of a controversial Iowa bill [House File 203] that allows the state to “keep federal road and bridge money normally sent to Iowa’s cities and counties and replace it with state dollars. . . .” Advocates say the bill, which the governor is expected to sign, “will help local governments avoid federal paperwork and other requirements that drive up costs,” while opponents argue “it will result in workers on some local road projects being paid lower wages by avoiding federal rules.”