Here’s something to ponder: Last week, just as Idaho Gov. Butch Otter withdrew his $150-per-car vehicle registration fee proposal, Colorado Gov. Bill Ritter abandoned his unpopular bid to raise car-registration fees there an average of $100. His spokesman, Evan Dreyer, told the Denver Post that the governor had “challenged lawmakers to pick up the ball and move it down the field,” but, “At this time, there doesn’t appear to be any movement.” A state panel there had concluded that Colorado needed to raise another $500 million a year to adequately maintain roads and bridges. Here in Idaho, the figure is somewhere around $240 million…
Betsy Z. Russell covers Idaho news from The Spokesman-Review's bureau in Boise.
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