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Wed., Feb. 19, 2014, 9:35 a.m.

Trucking group defends gas-tax hike bill, says it’s a start toward addressing bigger problem

A day after the AAA of Idaho called the Idaho Trucking Association’s proposed three-year, six-cent fuel tax increase a “wolf in sheep’s clothing,” saying motorists would bear the brunt rather than truckers, the Trucking Association has responded that a small fuel tax increase is a “start,” and that the group wants to get something moving to address Idaho’s roadwork shortfalls. “Though we believe the small fuel tax increase we have proposed is an excellent first step, our association’s members believe the real value will come in the conversations Idahoans will collectively have about how we solve our transportation problems,” writes Julie Pipal, the association’s president and CEO.  “House Bill 481 is more than a proposed fuel tax increase:  it is a catalyst for solutions.” You can read her 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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