Otter’s message as lawmakers leave town: “If an admittedly stop-gap measure can provide a level of certainty and predictability, this is it. Our work is just beginning, but this will enable us to meet our most immediate needs … while planning how best to pay for the maintenance, repair and improvement projects that our $16 billion highway system so badly needs.” He added, “This was never about any particular way of generating the revenue we need to fulfill this proper role of government. This was about acknowledging the challenge and making a commitment now to meeting it. That’s been achieved.”
In a news release, Otter said, “I’m pleased that this agreement focuses on the need for continuing sources of revenue to meet our responsibilities, to help ensure the safety of our people and the vitality of our economy. This plan reflects the understanding that the people of Idaho need good roads, and that it is state government’s job to respond efficiently and effectively to that need.”
Betsy Z. Russell covers Idaho news from The Spokesman-Review's bureau in Boise.
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