Monday, February 9, 2009

Idaho Legislature

Transportation Infrastructure Plan Unveiled Tuesday

Boise--Governor Butch Otter will unveil his transportation infrastructure plan on Tuesday in the House Transportation Committee.
The plan includes five proposals totaling more than $174 million that include: raising vehicle registration fees; raising the gas tax; redirect the 5 percent funding from the Idaho State Police to the general fund; eliminate the tax exemption for ethanol; and taxing rental cars.

Lawmakers will introduce the five proposals as separate pieces of legislation and not in a single package bill. Rep. Leon Smith proposes a 25-cent increase to the fuel tax.

Lawmakers are expected to vigorously debate all of the bills introduced Tuesday with the end result a package that will work with Governor Otter's plan along with a few new ideas from the Legislature.

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