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Eye On Boise

Legislative task force ‘punted’

"At the end of the day, we punted," Rep. Maxine Bell, R-Jerome, co-chair of the Task Force to Identify Alternative Funding Sources for the Idaho State Police and Idaho Department of Parks & Recreation, told the Legislative Council. "We did not want to jump out ahead of the governor's task force on alternative funding for transportation." So, she said, the task force is recommending legislation to merely delay for another year a shift of millions in funding from ISP and parks to the state Transportation Department for increased road work. "That is the action that we'll have to pursue this year, and hold them harmless for another year," she said. The governor's task force, chaired by Lt. Gov. Brad Little, is due to report back on its findings in December of 2010.

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