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Thu., Feb. 6, 2014, 3:55 p.m.

Trucking industry introduces gas tax-hike bill, says state needs it for ‘sound road system’

Idaho’s 25 cents a gallon gas tax would rise by 6 cents to 31 cents a gallon, under legislation introduced today at the request of the Idaho Trucking Association. Lewiston Tribune reporter Bill Spence reports that the bill was presented by trucking industry lobbyist Skip Smyser – a former Senate Transportation Committee chairman – who said, “I believe it's time for us to meaningfully address the infrastructure needs of this state. We depend on a sound road system to be the kind of state we want to be.”

The increase would be phased in over three years, at two cents a year; it was introduced this afternoon in the House Transportation Committee, and is aimed at raising money for highway safety and maintenance projects. You can read Spence’s full report here.

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Betsy Z. Russell
Betsy Z. Russell joined The Spokesman-Review in 1991. She currently is a reporter in the Boise Bureau covering Idaho state government and politics, and other news from Idaho's state capital.

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