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Thursday, March 27, 2008

House moves transportation bills

It looks like the 2008 Idaho legislative session is drawing to a close, with the House finally introducing a couple of transportation bills that could raise nearly $70 million annually in new transportation revenue.

While the bills fall short of covering an estimated $200 million annual shortfall in transportation funding, the governor has indicated that he would be supportive of the measure. His transportation liaison called the package "a good first step." But, he also said that the Legislature would probably have to return to this issue in the 2009 legislative session, to address the remaining $130 million shortfall.

Read the Spokesman Review story here .

Question: If the legislature successfully passes this $70 million increase in taxes and fees this year, do you think the legislature will have the political will to raise taxes and fees even higher next year?

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