Search This Blog

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Otter is serious about transportation funding

Idaho Governor Butch Otter released the following opinion piece to the Press today. It looks like a showdown is brewing around transportation funding...

How do you think the Legislature will address transportation funding needs during this session? Do you think election-year politics will drive the outcome?

3 comments:

overtheroadguy said...

Of course this being an election year it will have an outcome on transportation funding or any other funding. In any election year the legislators are scared to make any funding decisions. They are more worried about their re-election than doing any State business. Look at their progress over the past 2 months, they have outlawed dog fighting and debated making milk the official State drink. Increasing vehicle license fees to $150 will hurt low income people, but it is better than a 6% sales tax on gas as proposed by the Transportation Board. On $3.00 @ gallon gas that is an 18 cents increase per gallon.

KMPO Staff said...

Thanks for the comments, OTRguy. Yes indeed, that was one of those Duh questions that really only has one answer. I posted an update at the top of the Blog today. The legislature is squirming a little bit today, and the political blogs are getting a little worked up. Regardless of the outcome, this will be interesting to watch as this session draws to an end.

Jeff

Riverdog said...

Gotta say it was pretty gutsy of Otter to float that $150 figure. I saw some comment from Mark Soderling earlier though about the state getting stingy with sharing roadway funds, and I agreed with him that it doesn't seem fair. Since the state gets most of the federal money, its awfully greedy for them to want a hefty license fee too. I think I could support a smaller license fee if the money went to local streets.

Kootenai Metropolitan Planning Organization (KMPO) is the Metropolitan Planning Organization for Kootenai County, Idaho. Federal law requires urbanized areas with populations exceeding 50,000 people to have an MPO. KMPO was formed in 2003, to provide coordinated transportation planning within Kootenai county for the public, cities, small towns, the county, the state, transit providers, and the Coeur d'Alene tribe.

KMPO's Board of Directors oversees KMPO for Kootenai County, ID. KMPO's Executive Director and Staff are responsible for day-to-day operational and administrative needs.