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THURSDAY, JAN. 18, 2018

MONDAY, JAN. 15, 2018

Hemming, hawing, and truck registration fees...

The legislative interim committee charged with re-examining truck registration fees in Idaho met again today, after learning that its Nov. 9 decision to just make no recommendation won’t fly. “The reason we do have this meeting is because we do have to make a recommendation,”...

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SUNDAY, JAN. 14, 2018

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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FRIDAY, APRIL 21, 2017


Idaho governor allows $320M road plan to become law

A frustrated Idaho Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter allowed a $320 million transportation funding plan to become law on Tuesday, despite lodging multiple criticisms against key aspects of the measure, the AP reports. "Transportation has been one of the central focuses and primary frustrations of my three terms as governor," Otter wrote in his transmittal...

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Otter appealing denial of federal disaster aid 

At his press conference this afternoon on this year’s legislative session, Gov. Butch Otter said he received a rejection from FEMA for his request for a major disaster declaration, and he’s appealing it. That’s part of Otter’s concern over the state budget, concern that he...

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House Speaker Scott Bedke, right, visits with members of the House Transportation Committee during a break in the committee's meeting on Tuesday afternoon, March 28, 2017, at the Idaho Capitol. (Betsy Z. Russell)

House Transportation at ease, awaiting another RS...

The House Transportation Committee is now at ease, awaiting another RS – that’s another new bill. Chairman Joe Palmer, R-Meridian, said it’s sponsored by Rep. Jane Trujillo, R-Idaho Falls, and includes a provision regarding allowing surplus eliminator funds to be spent for things like sidewalk...

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MONDAY, MARCH 27, 2017

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