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Eye On Boise

Transportation funding high on Legislature’s agenda

Legislative leaders from both parties say improvements to how Idaho funds maintenance of its transportation system are likely to get attention this year. “The citizens of Idaho have invested billions of dollars in to this transportation system,” said House Speaker Scott Bedke. “I think we will take steps this year. There is this growing acknowledgment that we’ve got to do something, and from all quarters.”

Senate Minority Leader Michelle Stennett, D-Ketchum, said the most recent estimates still show a quarter-million more each year should be spent, just to keep roads in the same condition they’re in now. “It’s a matter not only of public safety but also of commerce and economics,” she said. “It is a job creator.”

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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