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UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 18, 2018, 4:50 p.m.

Lawmakers fill $27M budget hole after drafting error last year

Faced with a $27.5 million hole in their transportation budget after a drafting error, Idaho legislative budget writers on Thursday filled the gap with two unanimous votes, even adding interest.


Eye on Boise: After legislative drafting error, governor declined to transfer $27.5 million to road projects

When lawmakers started delving into the budget proposal that Gov. Butch Otter has made for next year, they got a surprise: Though they passed a bill last year to split …


Two major U.S. Highway 95 projects in North Idaho could be funded under new transportation bill

Two major construction projects on Highway 95 in North Idaho are at the top of the list for funding if Gov. Butch Otter signs a major transportation bill that lawmakers …


UPDATED: Tue., March 28, 2017, 10:49 p.m.

Idaho lawmakers approve $320 million-plus transportation funding package

Complex and controversial transportation legislation barely squeaked through the Idaho Senate on Tuesday and then cleared the Idaho House Tuesday evening, calling for a $320 million-plus investment in Idaho’s road …


Eye on Boise: Idaho lawmakers restive as session drags on past targeted adjournment date; also, legislative limericks

With what was supposed to be the last day of the session past and no agreement yet on a transportation funding bill between the House and Senate, Idaho lawmakers are …


Sweeping road-funding plan falls one vote short in Idaho Senate panel

A sweeping transportation funding bill calling for hundreds of millions in bonding, local-option taxes, funding shifts and an array of other moves to fix Idaho roads fell one vote short …


Eye on Boise: North Idaho lawmaker favors funding roads over mental health care

Funding for a justice reinvestment program to provide mental health treatment to newly released criminals was cut in half in the Idaho Legislature’s joint budget committee on Friday, and one …


UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 21, 2017, 9:24 p.m.

Bill killed that would shift funds from Idaho State Police to roads

The Idaho House on Tuesday killed legislation that sought to shift $17 million from state highway funds from the Idaho State Police to roads, phasing the shift in over five …


UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 14, 2017, 4:53 p.m.

Idaho House panel backs shifting funds from ISP to roads

An Idaho House panel voted 10-7 on Tuesday in favor of legislation to phase out, over five years, the more than $17 million in highway funds that currently go to …


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, …


Idaho House, Senate at ‘impasse’ over transportation funding

BOISE – Idaho lawmakers worked into the evening Wednesday, but agreement on transportation funding eluded them. This morning, appointees from the state House and Senate will gather in a rare …


Idaho Senate approves gas tax increase

BOISE – Idaho senators passed a phased-in 10-cent increase in the gas tax Tuesday as part of a road funding plan that’s significantly higher than what the House approved earlier …


Idaho roads need $543 million more

BOISE – Idaho needs to spend $543 million more a year on its roads, Gov. Butch Otter’s transportation task force decided Tuesday, and the top ways it should raise the …


Task force: Idaho needs $543M more for roads

Idaho needs to spend $543 million a year more on its roads, Gov. Butch Otter’s transportation task force decided Tuesday, and the top ways it should raise the money are …


Idaho task force wary of hiking truck fees

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 …


Study: Trucks underpay for ailing Idaho roads

Idaho motorists are paying more and more of the cost of maintaining the state’s roads, while drivers of heavy trucks are paying less, according to a new state study - …


Idaho transportation funding shrinking

BOISE – The $54 million transportation funding compromise that ended Idaho’s second-longest legislative session this year has now shrunk to about $28 million – far less than Gov. Butch Otter …


Idaho road funding about half of what was expected

BOISE - The $54 million transportation funding compromise that ended Idaho’s second-longest legislative session this year has now shrunk to about $28 million, far less than Gov. Butch Otter said …


Task force considers restoring trail money

BOISE – An Idaho legislative task force is leaning toward undoing an unpopular law passed this year to raid recreational trail funding in order to shift the money to road …


Funding loss would force layoffs, ISP tells legislators

BOISE – If the Idaho State Police has to absorb the loss of all its gas tax funding a year from today, it won’t have anyone left to patrol the …


Changes steer new Idaho roads study

BOISE – Idaho wants to know whether owners of heavy trucks and cars are paying their fair share for roads. A previous study on the subject suggested heavy trucks underpay …


Otter creates group to fix roads funding

BOISE – Gov. Butch Otter took a major step back in his push for more roads funding Tuesday, assigning a task force studying funding solutions to report back in December …


Otter retreats on Idaho road funding

Idaho Gov. Butch Otter took a major step back in his push for more road funding in the state on Tuesday, assigning a task force studying funding solutions to report …


Effort to raise fuel tax runs out of gas

BOISE – Lawmakers dealt Gov. Butch Otter a one-two punch on his transportation initiative Thursday, with the House killing its last remaining bill to raise the state’s gas tax and …


Math problem stumps House

BOISE – On the eve of a big do-or-die vote on Gov. Butch Otter’s transportation tax package, the governor’s office Wednesday discovered a $10 million math error in its main …


Math error stalls roads vote

BOISE – On the eve of a big do-or-die vote on Gov. Butch Otter’s transportation tax package, the governor’s office Wednesday discovered a $10 million math error in its main …


Otter acknowledges math error in tax plan

On the eve of a big do-or-die vote on Gov. Butch Otter’s transportation tax package, the governor’s office today discovered a $10 million math error in its main bill and …


Otter revises road plan

BOISE – Idaho Gov. Butch Otter has reduced his demand for a five-year, $174 million boost in transportation funding to a three-year, $130 million plan. In response, a hastily convened …


Stimulus may pay to repair roads

BOISE – Idaho may be able to use federal economic stimulus money for high-priority needs like paving roads, state lawmakers learned Friday, rather than just for big “shovel-ready” construction projects. …


Audit cites poor maintenance of Idaho roads

BOISE – A long-awaited performance audit of the Idaho Transportation Department suggests the state could save millions through better management – but could save hundreds of millions by better maintaining …