Fuel analysts says gasoline prices in Iowa may rise again in a day or two, with another big storm threatening Florida. The pinch at the gas pump is striking all sorts of Iowa businesses — like pizza parlors. Hank Bauer is regional manager for a pizza restaurant chain that now has to charge for delivery and also had to give its drivers a raise. Bauer says when gas went over two-50 a gallon, the drivers got a raise, going from 15-cents to 20-cents a mile. He says the pizza chain has been in business 25 years and previously had not charged for delivery. Taxi companies are also feeling the squeeze. Kirby Young, co-owner of Capitol Cabs, says some of the higher fuel costs are being passed along to customers. Young says every time gas goes up 20-cents a gallon, the taxi company raises its rate ten-cents per trip, not per mile. He says the rising cost of fuel hasn’t had any noticeable impact on the number of people calling cabs. Young says it’s not like people will quit riding because the fare increases really aren’t that much. The latest Triple-A survey shows Iowa’s average gas price has been steady this week at 2-54 a gallon, down just a penny from Sunday’s record high.
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