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Tuesday, August 11, 2009

It's a tough time to be talking money...

If you recall the Idaho State Legislature created two joint legislative task forces. One of those task forces is charged with developing recommendations on how to generate new revenue for the state parks department and the Idaho State Patrol. The legislature decided to quit using gas tax revenue to fund those departments and temporarily funded them out of the general fund this year. Now they need to find a permanent revenue stream to keep those departments operating.

That could be difficult, according the Spokesman Review's Eye on Boise. Betsy Russell covered the first task force meeting this week in Boise. Apparently, the state revenues that were anticipated this year aren't coming in as high as they expected. Looks like this task force is in for some heavy discussions.

The other task force, which is charged with finding permanent funding for the Idaho Transportation Department met last week just to get organized. It appears they are going to be having a tough time as well.

You can read about it here.

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