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BOISE – Democratic gubernatorial candidate Keith Allred in 2006 played a major part in boosting a tax break for Idaho homeowners that’s reduced their annual payments, despite a Republican attack Thursday contending his role was minimal. House Speaker Lawerence Denney, R-Midvale, and Senate President Pro Tem Bob Geddes, R-Soda Springs, accused Allred of taking too much credit for efforts to reduce property taxes in 2006, a year when home prices were skyrocketing and many residents were up in arms.
Idaho Gov. Butch Otter's transportation funding task force unanimously agreed Tuesday to accept a new state study showing heavy trucks underpay in Idaho compared to their wear and tear on roads, while owners of cars and pickups overpay, but members expressed strong reservations about raising fees for trucks.
BOISE – During Thursday’s debate with Gov. Butch Otter, Democratic rival Keith Allred painted himself as a citizen activist fighting a career politician whose three decades in office align him with special interests, not Idaho residents. Allred slammed Otter’s failed pushes in 2009 to hike gas taxes and to double registration fees for car owners – while only boosting fees on heavy trucks by 5 percent. Allred favors cutting the gas tax, then boosting fees on trucks to make up the difference.
During today’s debate with Gov. Butch Otter, Democratic rival Keith Allred painted himself as a citizen activist fighting a career politician whose three decades in office align him with special interests, not Idaho residents.