Posts tagged: Priscilla Salant
Idaho's long-awaited survey on transportation improvements is out from the University of Idaho, and it turns out an overwhelming majority of Idahoans think Idaho's roads and bridges need big fixes or they'll fail in the next 10 years. However, the options to pay for that work that drew support in the survey clearly wouldn't raise enough money, while bigger-ticket answers, including gas tax increases, drew less support.
“The conclusion I drew is that our elected leaders are going to have to figure out how to raise revenue for something Idaho voters clearly see as important,” said Priscilla Salant, a University of Idaho professor and interim director of the McClure Center for Public Policy, which released the survey results today. “They have their work cut out for them.”
Idaho Gov. Butch Otter had been waiting for the results of the survey before proposing big road fixes, an issue he made a top priority during his first term in office, but abandoned for the past few years after legislative defeats; you can read my full story here at spokesman.com.
Here's a news item from the Associated Press: MOSCOW, Idaho (AP) — There's a new interim director of the University of Idaho's marquee public-policy research center that's been beset by leadership turnover. The UI on Monday named Priscilla Salant interim director of the James A. and Louise McClure Center for Public Policy Research. Salant takes over from Marty Peterson, who is retiring for a second time after serving for 20 years as a special assistant to UI's president. Peterson stepped in during 2012 when the former McClure Center director, political science professor David Adler, bolted after two years for a similar post at Boise State University. Before taking this assignment, Salant had led UI's university's outreach and engagement efforts since 2006 at the school's Office of Community Partnerships. The university didn't provide details of its search for a permanent McClure Center leader.