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They said it

“We’re not finished. We keep getting more support and we keep getting better.” Rep. Hilde Kellogg, R-Post Falls, on bringing back the bill that would upgrade U.S. Highway 95 next year.


End of the road: The bill to raise nearly $400 million for Highway 95 improvements died in the Senate Transportation Committee on a 5-4 vote. Sen. Clyde Boatright, R-Rathdrum, voted to save the bill.

Marrying money: A bill that would lower the income tax paid by married couples to a rate equal to that paid by singles passed the Senate on Friday. Sen. Marguerite McLaughlin voted against the bill. All other North Idaho senators voted for it.

No new taxes: The bill that would have increased Idaho’s sales tax by 1.25 percent in exchange for removing school operations funding from property tax died on the House floor on Tuesday. Reps. Jeff Alltus, R-Hayden; Jim Clark, R-Hayden; Wayne Meyer, R-Rathdrum; and Larry Watson, D-Wallace; all voted for the bill. Reps. John Campbell, R-Sandpoint; Chuck Cuddy, R-Orofino; June Judd, D-St. Maries; Hilde Kellogg, R-Post Falls, and Jim Stoicheff, D-Sandpoint, voted against it.

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