Here’s a news item from AP: “Lawmakers and Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter are discussing ways to end the impasse keeping the 2009 Legislature in Boise. In the mix: A plan to levy new fees for traffic infractions and registrations, to wean roughly $16 million in annual funding for the Idaho State Police from the Highway Distribution Account. That’s been an Otter priority since 2008 and is now being floated as an alternative to boosting Idaho’s gas tax, which the House has rejected. Some House Republicans, however, contend bills they’ve passed to repeal a tax exemption on ethanol and raise Division of Motor Vehicles fees by $13.1 million are enough for a recession year. Rep. JoAn Wood, House Transportation Committee chair, said her constituents want no more.”
Betsy Z. Russell covers Idaho news from The Spokesman-Review's bureau in Boise.
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