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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.

Idaho panel predicts shortfall as budget lacks stimulus, reserves

BOISE – State lawmakers got a grim glimpse of the decision-making that awaits them when they convene in January, as the Idaho Legislature’s joint budget committee gathered Monday to go over figures suggesting it could face a shortfall in the hundreds of millions. It’s not that state tax revenues are falling farther behind – in fact, they’re running ahead of projections. The Joint Finance-Appropriations Committee learned Monday that October’s state tax revenues came in $8.8 million ahead of projections, for a year-to-date surplus of $22.8 million.