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.
Betsy Z. Russell covers Idaho news from The Spokesman-Review's bureau in Boise.
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