Eye On Boise

TUESDAY, NOV. 23, 2010, 12:02 P.M.

Road funding: How to fill in the blanks

The Idaho governor's transportation funding task force begins debating how to increase road funding in the state. (Betsy Russell)
The Idaho governor's transportation funding task force begins debating how to increase road funding in the state. (Betsy Russell)

The governor's transportation funding task force has begun working through a proposed resolution - which currently contains lots of blanks - on what it should recommend for future road funding in Idaho. Among its clauses: One saying that federal funding likely "will remain essentially flat for the foreseeable future and cannot be relied on to solve the lack of adequate transportation funding in Idaho."

Instead, the resolution, as currently drafted, declares "that when the Governor and the Legislature have determined that the economy of Idaho has improved to the extent that economic conditions allow an increase in transportation funding, that the Idaho legislature pass and the Governor of Idaho sign legislation that will increase revenue for transportation in the amount of (blank)." That's then followed by a long list of fill-in-the-blank options, from gas tax and registration fee increases to a weight-distance tax on trucks.




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Betsy Z. Russell
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