Gov. Butch Otter informed legislators today that Idaho needs to raise its gas tax, increase car and truck registration fees, tax rental cars and more to fund pressing transportation maintenance needs around the state. “What will be revealed in January is whether we have the political will, the political courage to make the choices that are needed,” Otter said in a speech he planned to deliver to the Associated Taxpayers of Idaho today, but because the governor is suffering from bronchitis, his chief of staff, Jason Kreizenbeck, delivered his prepared remarks for him.
Betsy Z. Russell covers Idaho news from The Spokesman-Review's bureau in Boise.
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