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Getting There: As gas tax revenue drops, Washington Department of Transportation could face 40% funding decline, delay projects

A recent drop in driving is a sign that people were largely heeding Gov. Jay Inslee’s orders. But when people drive less, they buy less gas. And when people buy less gas, they pay less in gas taxes. And when people spend less in gas taxes, the coffers of the state Department of Transportation – not to mention those of local governments and the state Legislature – start running on empty.

Editorial: New way to finance roads needed

One concept being considered is to charge by miles traveled, rather than gasoline consumed. It would be a true user fee and all drivers would pay, regardless of how vehicles are powered.

Hewitt: Embrace gas tax as patriotic

A “rebuild the fleet” tax would have deep appeal even to those patriots who might otherwise reject raising any federal tax.

U.S. needs bridge to better infrastructure

We can get on board a sincere attempt to replenish the U.S. Highway Trust fund and rescue commerce and everyday drivers from shabby roads. It’s long overdue.

House Transportation backs phased-in $17M shift from ISP to roads

The House Transportation Committee has voted 10-7 in favor of Rep. Joe Palmer’s proposal to phase out, over five years, the more than $17 million in highway funds that currently go to the Idaho State Police, instead shifting that money to roads. ISP spoke against...

Vehicle miles tax needs fair evaluation

Whatever the objections, the state needs to consider alternatives. It also needs to consider the alternatives on their own merits; the state’s eventual evaluation of the pilot program needs to take an unstinting look as to whether it is fair and workable

Idaho lawmakers say new fee on hybrid cars a mistake, propose repeal

Idaho lawmakers made a mistake last year when they slapped an extra $75 annual registration fee on hybrid vehicles. That was the consensus of the Senate Transportation Committee this afternoon, as it unanimously backed legislation from Sen. Shawn Keough, R-Sandpoint, to repeal the new fee.