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Thursday, May 7, 2009

Lawmakers Finally Reach Transportation Deal

Idaho lawmakers finally reached a tentative transportation funding deal yesterday afternoon but it won't raise the state’s gas tax, as Gov. Otter had demanded, and it leaves funding sources uncertain for the state’s annual shortfall in road maintenance.

Overall, the plan would raise an additional $54 million a year for roadwork, starting in fiscal year 2011. Here's more on the 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.