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Tuesday, February 5, 2008

Public TV

On Jan. 24, Idaho Public Television aired a special hour-long edition of its’ show ‘Dialogue.’ On the show, host Marcia Franklin talked with the two top leaders of the Idaho Transportation Department, Pamela Lowe and Darrell Manning, about the ITD's current fiscal needs.The Idaho Transportation Board has identified a $200 million ongoing funding deficit for the Idaho Transportation Department. This session, lawmakers will consider options such as increasing vehicle registration fees to help remedy the situation, which comes despite a nearly $1 billion dollar bonding plan over five years to accelerate road construction using anticipated federal highway funds. To watch the piece, click on the link.


Mark Soderling said...

In 2005 when the Forum on Transportation Investment Committee came up with the 200 million deficit it included, not only the Idaho Transportation Department’s needs, but also the needs of the local units of government which are the cities, counties and highway districts. Now the Transportation Board wants all the money. The public should demand any increase in fees and taxes be split with the local units of government on a fair percentage basis. ITD should not get it all.

jeff said...

Good points Mark. It will be important to watch any legislation that creates a new revenue stream to ensure the needs of our local transportation jursidictions are met. KMPO staff will be tracking this legislation and providing updates on this blog...