The vetoed bills dealt with everything from agriculture to parks to child protection to income taxes. “Some of ‘em have merit,” Kempthorne said.
The road plan, which would utilize GARVEE bonds to borrow against future federal highway allocations, is a centerpiece of Kempthorne’s legislative agenda this year. It includes major upgrades to U.S. Highway 95, the accident-plagued road that’s the state’s only north-south highway. “That is legislation … that provides for the safety and well-being of our citizens when they travel the highways,” the governor said. “I’m determined that we are going to connect Idaho.”
Not in the governor’s possible-veto stack are four bills implementing a multimillion-dollar water settlement. They’re House bills, but they’re waiting right now on the Senate calendar, and haven’t been voted on yet there. “The indication I’ve gotten from the Senate leadership is that they may not take up the water bills so that they can protect them,” Kempthorne said. “That’s probably a good idea.”