Idaho Governor Allows Road Bill To Become Law Despite Concerns

Apr 12, 2017

Governor C.L. "Butch" Otter allowed a transportation funding bill to become law Tuesday, despite concerns over how the plan came to be.

The $320 million transportation plan takes about $15 million out of the general fund through sales tax – which is used to pay for things like public schools. Governor Otter is not happy with this funding formula, but with bridges and roads falling apart across the state he allowed the bill to become law – without his signature.

Right now, infrastructure repairs are paid for by things like gasoline tax and vehicle registration. Otter expressed his frustration in a letter to lawmakers, saying he could not veto the proposal because he has little confidence that another plan would come up in 2018 – an election year.

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