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Lake: ‘We chose a cautious way out’

Members of Gov. Butch Otter's transportation funding task force listen to presentations at their final meeting on Tuesday. (Betsy Russell)
Members of Gov. Butch Otter's transportation funding task force listen to presentations at their final meeting on Tuesday. (Betsy Russell)

Here's  a link to my full story at spokesman.com on today's final recommendations from Gov. Butch Otter's transportation funding task force, which were 18 months in the making. House Tax Chairman Dennis Lake, R-Blackfoot, cast the only vote against the task force's final  resolution. "I wanted the task force to come up with specific recommendations to fund enhancements for the Department of Transportation - we didn't do it," Lake said. "I think that we chose a cautious way out." Sen. Shawn Keough, R-Sandpoint, disagreed. "We've identified the problem, we've identified the tools - that was our task," she said. "Now that goes to the governor and the Legislature."

While stopping short of calling for any specific revenue increases or any specific timeline for them, the task force said Idaho needs to spend $543 million a year more on its roads, and it laid out a prioritized list of two dozen possible ways to raise the money, topped by increasing the state's gas tax.



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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