Last-Minute Transportation Funding Hits Legislator’s Desks
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Two House Republicans say they have a last-minute proposal to raise $70 million to $100 million per year in new transportation funding.
The House Transportation and Defense Committee is slated to consider the eleventh-hour proposal Tuesday. The plan would draw from overall tax revenue growth and a temporary five-cent fuel tax increase to tackle the state's $262 million annual transportation shortfall.
Reps. Jason Monks from Meridian and Greg Chaney from Caldwell say they are optimistic the bill strikes a compromise between legislators split on using general funds on transportation maintenance.
The plan is being submitted as Republican leadership is pushing the Idaho Legislature to adjourn by March 27. However, House Majority Caucus Chair Rep. John Vander Woude says GOP House leadership is working on a separate last-minute effort.