Lawmakers need to push highway construction bill

Posted Wednesday, March 18, 2015, at 9:09 AM
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  • Maybe Idaho should figure out how to pay for it's upkeep of it's roads without continuing to draw more from the feds than it contributes. Expecting the federal government to support you is called WELFARE!

    -- Posted by the old progressive on Sat, Mar 21, 2015, at 7:52 AM
  • BOISE (AP) -- An Idaho House committee has killed a Republican legislative leader's multi-faceted plan to tackle the state's growing transportation funding shortfall. The House Transportation and Defense Committee voted 14-2 on Friday to block the proposal. The bill would have raised $135 million by raising fuel taxes and registration rates, --roughly half of the state's $262 million annual transportation deficit. Several committee members cited concerns that the bill -- backed by House Majority Caucus Chair John Vander Woude from Nampa -- would have moved $16 million in fuel tax revenue from the Idaho State Police to roads funding. The panel's vote comes two days after it endorsed a separate plan to use general funds and temporary fuel tax hikes to reach nearly $100 million in new transportation revenue. That proposal, however, has yet to pass either chamber.

    So much for Idaho funding it's own road needs.

    -- Posted by the old progressive on Sat, Mar 21, 2015, at 8:19 AM
  • Fuel taxes are per gallon, not per dollar. With more and more fuel efficient cars, fewer gallons are bought. When prices rise, people drive less. Your statement doesn't hold water.

    -- Posted by the old progressive on Sun, Mar 22, 2015, at 1:50 PM
  • Funding anything in this state is like trying to squeeze blood out of a stone...not going to happen!

    Ya gotta love our state elected officials "Loose term"...coming into this state is like going back in time (schools, roads, infrastructure, pay for teachers and civil servants, progressive programs, etc, etc, etc)

    In the words of a 'local', if you don't like the roads here, buy a 4x4 or truck...

    God love Idaho!!

    -- Posted by DUMBFOUNDED IN IDAHO on Thu, Apr 2, 2015, at 8:22 AM
  • Everyone wants better this and that, but they'll be darned if they'll pay for it. Better to suck off of Uncle Sams teat!! Smaller government and less taxes as long as they get more than their fair share in tax money back. Last I looked, Idaho gets 1.28 back from the feds for every 1.00 sent! The ultimate welfare state!

    -- Posted by royincaldwell on Thu, Apr 2, 2015, at 6:04 PM
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