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Idaho House Panel Kills $135 Million Transportation Plan

Several committee members cited concerns that the bill from the Idaho State Police to roads funding.

Mon March 23, 2015 - Midwest Edition
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BOISE, Idaho (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.

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