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THURSDAY, NOV. 9, 2017

A logging truck hauls logs down the Coeur d’Alene River Road and out of the Coeur d’Alene National Forest in this file photo from Oct. 15, 2004. Trucks and how they’re taxed were the topic of months of hearings by an Idaho legislative interim committee, but the panel decided Thursday not to recommend any changes. (Jesse Tinsley / The Spokesman-Review)

Lawmakers study trucking fees, then opt for no change

After months of hearings and reports, an interim committee of the Idaho Legislature charged with re-examining truck registration fees in Idaho - in the wake of a 2010 state report that showed truckers are underpaying for their impact on Idaho roads, while motorists are overpaying - wrapped up its business Thursday, deciding not to recommend any...

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WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 13, 2017

TUESDAY, AUG. 31, 2010

Idaho Gov. Butch Otter's transportation funding task force meets Tuesday in a "garden level" (basement) hearing room at the state Capitol. (Betsy Russell)

Otter, Allred on car-truck fee study 

Here's a link to my full story at spokesman.com on today's meeting of Gov. Butch Otter's transportation funding task force, which voted unanimously to accept a new state-commissioned cost-allocation study showing car owners are overpaying for Idaho roads while heavy trucks underpay, but expressed strong...

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TUESDAY, JULY 27, 2010


Consultants Patrick Balducci, standing, and Joseph Stowers tell the Idaho governor's transportation funding task force on Tuesday how much more damage heavy trucks do to pavement than cars. (Betsy Russell)

Trucks vs. cars on pavement damage 

Consultant Patrick Balducci of Battelle Group told the governor's transportation funding task force just now that axle weights matter, not just total weight of a truck compared to total weight of a car, when calculating impact on pavement damage. But, under questioning from committee members,...

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Reasons for the car-truck fee disparity... 

Part of the reason for the big disparity between heavy trucks and cars in Idaho on paying their fair share for roads: The repeal of the weight-distance tax in 2001, as a result of a lawsuit. Since then, heavy trucks have paid only registration fees....

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New study: Idaho cars overpaying, trucks underpaying 

The trend in Idaho is clear, according to a new highway cost-allocation study presented to the governor's transportation funding task force today: "More and more overpayment on the part of automobiles and pickup trucks, and more underpayment on the part of combination trucks." That's what...

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