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Police, parks will keep receiving gas tax money

The Idaho Legislature approved letting the Idaho State Police (ISP) and Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation (IDPR) receive a small share of the state gas tax. The Idaho Senate approved the plan Thursday on a 31-0 vote, though supporters … Continue reading

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Tax break for new jobs fails in Idaho Senate after sailing through House

The Idaho Senate Local Government and Taxation Committee rejected a proposed tax credit for companies that hire new workers and offer them health benefits. The plan passed the Idaho House on a 64-3 vote and was backed by Gov. Butch … Continue reading

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Meridian interchange left out of I-84 GARVEE construction; some find decision curious

After Idaho Transportation Department Director Brian Ness wrapped up an annual report presentation in a joint meeting of the House and Senate transportation committees, Rep. Marv Hagedorn stuck him with a question for which he had no answer. Following the … Continue reading

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Legislation looks to direct ITD on how to handle future mega-load approval

As the first of potentially hundreds of mega-loads rolls from Lewiston to Lolo Pass, a Republican lawmaker is preparing to introduce legislation to make it harder for companies to get mega-load permits. Rep. Tom Trail, R-Moscow, said he will introduce … Continue reading

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Survey suggests most Highway 12 residents fine with mega-loads

The people have spoken and they say bring on the mega-loads. That’s according to a coalition of a few dozen business associations that released the results of a poll they commissioned showing that 70 percent of people living along Highway … Continue reading

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First texting ban may not be the one that passes

An effort to ban texting while driving failed in the final hours of the 2010 Idaho legislative session, but that plan is back before lawmakers.  However, some lawmakers are working on a revised version of the ban that could get … Continue reading

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Senate boss calls on colleagues to address tax commission

Sen. Brent Hill, R-Rexburg, the president pro-tem of the Senate, says the Legislature should look at restructuring the Idaho Tax Commission to make the agency more transparent. Hill doesn’t think there’s anything fishy about past settlements approved by commissioners that … Continue reading

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Transportation board wants $162 million GARVEE funding

With a busted bank account, the Idaho Transportation Board is looking to borrow $162 million for projects to make it easier to motor between Boise and Canyon County and around north Idaho. About half the money  the board is requesting … Continue reading

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Six of seven Senate leaders are new to their jobs

Republicans and Democrats in the Idaho Senate chose new leaders for the next legislative session, with only one of the seven top officers staying the same. Both parties chose lawmakers from southeast Idaho for their top spot. Sen. Brent Hill, … Continue reading

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After a year-plus and nine meetings – no firm recommendation for transportation funding

“The gas tax should be raised from 25 cents per gallon to ______ per gallon, for ______ years.” At the end of 18 months and nine meetings — including a grueling eight-hour rehash of facts and figures on Tuesday — … Continue reading

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