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Otter: Stay Outta General Fund

Gov. Butch Otter, speaking with reporters in his office this morning after the teacher pay bill-signing, laid out his “parameters” on transportation funding for this year’s legislative session. “We’ve got a couple of issues hanging fire, and the big one of course is transportation,” Otter said, adding, “I would even say maybe the going-home bill.” Otter said he has these “parameters” in mind:

  • 1 - “We need to stay out of the general fund.”
  • 2 – It must include a “significant step toward revenue needs;” and
  • 3 – “I’d like to keep it user-pay,” which Otter defined as “registration and gas tax.”

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Question: Do you agree with Gov. Otter's stand, that lawmakers shouldn't tap the general fund to help fix roads & bridges?

D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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