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Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Otter Proposes Transportation Plan

Governor Butch Otter today introduced a transportation plan- then urged lawmakers to pass it. The five bills that make up the plan would:

* Phase in a shift of funding for the Idaho State Police from the gas tax to state general funds, making the gas taxes that now go to ISP available for road work.
* Impose a 6% daily excise tax on car rentals.
* Increase the gas tax by 2 cents a year each year for five years.
* Increase car and truck registration fees over the next five years.
* Eliminate the current ethanol exemption, to save about $4.1 million a year.

Here's more on the transportation plan.

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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.