The House has voted unanimously, 67-0, for a $550,000 performance evaluation of the Idaho Transportation Department. Rep. Marv Hagedorn, R-Meridian, said “another set of eyes” is needed on the department. Rep. Phil Hart, R-Athol, said ITD has had three directors in the past three years, and three board chairmen, and the state’s had three different governors and started GARVEE bonding. “There’ve been a lot of changes in the department,” Hart said. “We think it’s appropriate that we take a look at them through this performance audit, and make sure that if and when we give them more revenues that those moneys are being spent wisely.” The bill has 16 House co-sponsors, led by Rep. Leon Smith, R-Twin Falls, including 14 Republicans and two Democrats. House GOP leaders have been adamant that they want the in-depth evaluation, to be done by an out-of-state consultant, as a condition of approving more fees or taxes for roads. The measure, HCR 50, now moves to the Senate.
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