Here’s a news item from the Associated Press: BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Democratic gubernatorial candidate Keith Allred aims to cut Idaho’s gas tax by 3 cents and says Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter’s push to raise more money for roads is misguided. Allred would cut the tax to 22 cents per gallon, from 25 cents per gallon now, to save drivers $19.2 million annually. He’d boost fees paid by heavy trucks by an equal amount to make up the difference. His plan comes after a new study, commissioned by the state, showing heavy trucks are underpaying for upkeep of Idaho highways and bridges, while passenger vehicle owners are overpaying. Allred says restoring education funding and keeping taxes low, not boosting cash available for Idaho roads, should be the priority. Otter, a Republican, and Allred will square off in November’s general election; also on the ballot are independents Jana Kemp and Pro-Life and Libertarian Ted Dunlap.
Betsy Z. Russell covers Idaho news from The Spokesman-Review's bureau in Boise.
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