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Eye On Boise

Task force member: ‘We’re way behind’

Rep. Marv Hagedorn, R-Meridian, who serves on Gov. Butch Otter's transportation funding task force, had this thought on the task force members' overwhelmingly ranking a gas tax increase as the top potential funding source for road fixes in Idaho: "This was the first cut of opportunities. There's a lot of folks that are on this task force who have not been through the minutiae ... of what it's going to take to get us to $250 million or $300 million. We can't raise gas taxes enough. We can't raise registrations enough. We can't tax rental cars enough. I think the rest of the task force is going to come to the same conclusion we in the Legislature did - wow, we're way behind, and we maybe need to start to incrementally fix this. But I don't believe we're going to have one big fix here."

Betsy Z. Russell
Betsy Z. Russell joined The Spokesman-Review in 1991. She currently is a reporter in the Boise Bureau covering Idaho state government and politics, and other news from Idaho's state capital.

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