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Idaho lawmakers: Restore trail funds

An Idaho legislative task force is now leaning heavily toward undoing an unpopular law passed this year to raid recreational trail funding in order to shift the money to road repairs. “We may need to give the gas tax back to the recreationists and look for other funding,” said Rep. Raul Labrador, R-Eagle, as the joint task force wrapped up an all-day meeting today. On July 1, 2010, all gas tax money that goes to the state Parks and Recreation Department for trails and to the Idaho State Police for highway patrol will shift to the Transportation Department for road work. The legislative task force was set up to identify alternative funding for parks and ISP. But overwhelming public testimony at both of the panel’s meetings so far has opposed the shift of the trail money. You can read my full story here at

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Betsy Z. Russell covers Idaho news from The Spokesman-Review's bureau in Boise.

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