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Idahoans Want Roads Fixed, But Don’t Want to Pay

Benito Baeza

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A new survey says most voters agree improving Idaho’s transportation system should be a top priority but they don’t want to pay for it.

Researchers with the University of Idaho released the study’s results Tuesday. The survey comes after failed attempts by Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter and lawmakers to increase revenues to pay for maintenance on the state’s aging highways and bridges. According to the study, the majority of the voters polled say they believe Idaho’s roads won’t be adequate in 10 years.

They also agree that the state’s economy is influenced by a safe and strong transportation system. A 2010 gubernatorial panel recommended that Idaho pay $262 million per year to keep up with the state’s transportation maintenance but lawmakers have yet to approve the funds.

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