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$1-a-month surcharge on car insurance could make up lost ISP funding

Sen. Dean Cameron, R-Rupert, addresses the governor's transportation funding task force on Tuesday. He said a dollar-a-month surcharge on auto insurance could make up all the lost funding for Idaho State Police if ISP is shifted off the gas tax, to leave more of the gas tax money for roads. (Betsy Russell)
Sen. Dean Cameron, R-Rupert, addresses the governor's transportation funding task force on Tuesday. He said a dollar-a-month surcharge on auto insurance could make up all the lost funding for Idaho State Police if ISP is shifted off the gas tax, to leave more of the gas tax money for roads. (Betsy Russell)

Idaho could impose a $1 per month surcharge on auto insurance policies and raise $19.4 million a year - enough to replace the millions in funding for Idaho State Police that ISP would lose if a planned shift off the gas tax takes effect, to redirect those gas tax funds to transportation; that shift already has been delayed once. Sen. Dean Cameron, R-Rupert, co-chairman of the task force on alternative funding for the Idaho State Police and state parks and recreation, told the governor's task force on transportation funding just now that that was one of his task force's top two choices for funding ISP, with vehicle registration fees being the other. The panel held off on making any recommendation, though, to let the governor's task force decide first if it wanted to do anything with registration fees or the like.

Cameron said his task force backed permanently restoring gas tax funds to parks and recreation. The share of those funds reflects gas burned in ATV's, boats and other off-road vehicles. He said once the governor's task force makes its recommendations, his task force will reconvene and make its final recommendations.




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