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Tue., Feb. 18, 2014, 8:30 a.m.

AAA calls trucking group’s gas tax hike bill a ‘wolf in sheep’s clothing’

AAA of Idaho, which advocates for motorists, is calling HB 481, the gas-tax increase bill introduced by the Idaho Trucking Association, a “wolf in sheep’s clothing.” The bill would raise Idaho’s 25 cent per gallon gas tax by two cents a year for three years, to raise $53 million a year more for road work by the end of the three years. “The Idaho Trucking Association pitched this bill as putting its money where its mouth is, but this is a gas tax, paid primarily by motorists,” said Dave Carlson, AAA Idaho public affairs director. “It’s less a solution, and more of a public relations strategy.” You can read AAA’s full statement 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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