Rep. Shirley Ringo, D-Moscow, said, “I think this is a pretty exciting concept that we’re adopting today.” The governor’s plan calls for bonding against future federal highway allocations to do $1.6 billion worth of major road construction across the state – including major upgrades to U.S. Highway 95.
The crowd spilled out of the packed hearing room for the Transportation Committee meeting, and after the vote, people traded handshakes and muttered, “All that for a unanimous vote!”
Senate President Pro Tem Bob Geddes slapped House Speaker Bruce Newcomb on the back and said, “Boy, Speaker, you know how to broker a deal.” “I tell you what, I’m ready to go – how ‘bout you?” Newcomb responded. “I agree, it’s time,” Geddes said.
The two leaders said the legislative session – now the fourth-longest in state history – likely will end on Thursday.