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Fourth amendment fails

The fourth amendment to HB 135 would've changed the distribution of funds raised by the gas tax increase back to the current split for gas taxes of 62 percent to the state, 38 percent to local highway districts. Rep. Rich Wills, R-Glenns Ferry, sponsored this one. The original bill changed the split to 60-40, giving the locals a small boost at ITD's expense. Wills said the governor backs the amendment. "We have to recognize what is the best option that can get us out of here," Wills said. "Ladies and gentlemen, this is the best option." Rep. JoAn Wood spoke against the amendment. "It is the new money" that would have a new split, she said. "It would not be the money that's already in the Department of Transportation. It's just with some consideration for the locals." Rep. Leon Smith, R-Twin Falls, said, "The forgotten stepchild here seems to be local roads. ... The local roads are in need too." The amendment was defeated.




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