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Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Gas Tax Cuts Could Take ISP Troopers Off Roads

Idaho State Police officials today told lawmakers that if they have to absorb the loss of gas tax funding by this time next year, they won't be able to pay anyone to patrol the roads.

The loss of gas taxes would allegedly force ISP to lay off 204 people, including 123 troopers, plus numerous officers and dispatch personnel. Here's the Spokesman-Review story.

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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.