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Lawmakers study trucking fees, then opt for no change

After months of hearings and reports, an interim committee of the Idaho Legislature charged with re-examining truck registration fees in Idaho - in the wake of a 2010 state report that showed truckers are underpaying for their impact on Idaho roads, while motorists are overpaying - wrapped up its business Thursday, deciding not to recommend any...

Idaho lawmakers study trucking taxes, then opt for no change

After months of hearings and reports, an interim committee of the Idaho Legislature charged with re-examining truck registration fees in Idaho – in the wake of a 2010 state report that showed truckers are underpaying for their impact on Idaho roads, while motorists are overpaying – wrapped up its business Thursday, deciding not to recommend any changes.

Idaho bill pushes 8-cent gas tax hike

BOISE – A bill calling for sharp increases in Idaho’s gas and diesel fuel taxes, as well as a 50 percent increase in car registration fees, was introduced in the Idaho House on Monday, although even its sponsor said the proposal is just a starting point. “They’re just ideas so that people understand what we’re looking at,” said House Transportation Chairman Joe Palmer, a Republican from Meridian.

Most Idahoans want roads fixed; fewer support options that could pay for upgrades

BOISE – Most Idahoans believe Idaho’s roads and bridges need big fixes or they’ll fail in the next 10 years, according to a new University of Idaho survey. However, the options to pay for that work that drew support in the survey wouldn’t raise enough money, while bigger-ticket funding solutions, including gas tax increases, drew less support.

Batt chides Idaho for not raising gas tax

BOISE – Former Idaho Gov. Phil Batt on Thursday urged Idahoans 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 soon.

Eye on Boise: Lawmakers ready if city won’t go their way

BOISE – The state Legislature makes the laws, including the ones that say cities can govern local planning and zoning issues. “So if we give them the authority, we also have the authority to not necessarily override it, but to exempt ourselves from that,” Sen. Chuck Winder, R-Boise, told the Idaho Senate on Friday.