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UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 21, 2017

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 …


Idaho gas tax referendum misses signature gathering deadline

BOISE – A North Idaho retiree’s push to force voter consideration of a 7-cent gas tax increase approved by the Legislature has fallen far short. Alan Littlejohn of Athol needed …


Eye on Boise: ITD picks road projects funded by tax, fee increases

The Idaho Transportation Board has selected 27 projects, totaling $46.8 million, to complete in 2016 with funding from the recently approved gas tax and registration fee increases. All involve either …


Idaho roads deal reached; child-support enforcement in jeopardy

BOISE – In a tumultuous final day that ran long into the night, Idaho lawmakers on Friday brokered a transportation funding compromise that satisfied no one and killed critical child-support …


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 …


Eye on Boise: Otter prefers ‘user-pay’ funding for transportation needs

As Idaho’s legislative session pushes into its home stretch, Gov. Butch Otter has laid out “parameters” on transportation funding, one big issue on which the House and Senate are at …


Senate OKs shift in road project spending

OLYMPIA – The Senate approved a controversial shift in spending for major road projects Friday but had to delay a vote on increasing the gasoline tax to settle a question …


Public offers variety of strategies for meeting transportation costs

Public testimony before state legislators in Spokane Valley Wednesday night offered contrasting views on how to fund and build Washington’s transportation system at a time when gas tax collections are …


Getting There: GOP offers alternative to hiking gas tax

Failure this summer of a proposed 10.5-cent increase in Washington’s gas tax to fund big transportation projects such as the North Spokane Corridor has caused some state lawmakers to seek …


Former Gov. Batt urges Idahoans to fund roads

Former Idaho Gov. Phil Batt urged Idahoans Thursday to step up and fund road improvements, saying failure to raise the gas tax for nearly 20 years is destroying the system …


Idaho roads budget far short of need

BOISE – Idaho is now short $211 million a year from what it needs to maintain its roads and bridges in their current, deteriorated condition, a state task force learned …


No Idaho roads fix this year

Idaho is now short $211 million a year from what it should be spending just to maintain its roads and bridges in their current, deterioriated condition, a state task force …


Gas tax grab raises ire

BOISE – More than 30 years ago, Idaho’s boaters, snowmobilers, dirt-bikers and ATV riders made a deal: They’d give up their gas tax refunds for gas burned off-road if the …


Otter seeks tax increases for roads

BOISE – Gov. Butch Otter, arm bound in a sling after shoulder surgery but vigorously greeting supporters, shaking hands (with his left hand) and touting his top priority – fixing …


Otter drops $150 car registration plan

BOISE – Gov. Butch Otter withdrew his $150-a-car registration fee plan Wednesday, accusing lawmakers of trying to use him for “political cover” to avoid addressing Idaho’s transportation backlog. “I’m still …


Deal brings new rest area to Idaho

BOISE – Idaho’s newest official state rest area is a Flying J truck stop. Wrapping the rest area into the truck stop through a public-private partnership cost the state just …