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Batt urges Idahoans to fund roads

Phil Batt speaks in Boise in 2013 (AP/Idaho Statesman / Joe Jaszewski)
Phil Batt speaks in Boise in 2013 (AP/Idaho Statesman / Joe Jaszewski)

Phil Batt speaks in Boise on Thursday

BOISE, Idaho - Former Idaho Gov. Phil Batt urged Idahoans Thursday to step up and fund road improvements, saying failure to raise the gas tax for nearly 20 years is destroying the system generations of Idahoans built.

His message came as the Idaho Transportation Department’s headquarters was renamed for him; lawmakers in attendance said he’s right, and current Gov. Butch Otter said it’s an issue Idaho will be hearing more about.

Batt, who served as a senator, senate leader, transportation board member and lieutenant governor before being elected governor in 1994, pushed through the state’s last gas tax increase in 1996, and it hasn’t been raised since. More.

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D.F. Oliveria started Huckleberries Online on Feb. 16, 2004. Oliveria's Sunday print Huckleberries is a past winner of the national Herb Caen Memorial Column contest.