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Gas tax compromise bill

"We have been designated by the speaker as a special committee for the purpose of listening to these bills and possibly printing the bills," House Transportation Chairwoman JoAn Wood told the House Transportation Committee this morning, and Jason Kreizenbeck, Gov. Butch Otter's chief of staff, then presented a proposed bill to raise Idaho's gas tax by three cents next year, and two cents in each of the following years, for a total of 7 cents. Each penny would raise $8.8 million in revenue for road work. House Majority Caucus Chairman Ken Roberts, R-Donnelly, then immediately moved to send the bill to the full House without further hearings, and without recommendation. "Having previously held public hearings on this topic, these are some relatively minor changes in rates," he said. Rep. Shirley Ringo, D-Moscow, objected that "we're short-circuiting" the legislative process, which she said should allow a chance to consider other proposals.

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