OVERPASSES: Undermining electeds

Print Article

On July 1, 2015, the Idaho gas tax and vehicle registration fees were increased. The following is a quote from the Idaho State Journal in Pocatello: “—TRANSPORTATION: Lawmakers passed a $95 million transportation plan designed to help repair Idaho’s crumbling bridges and roads. This means vehicle-registration fees are going up $21 and Idaho residents will pay 7 cents more for gas. However, the new plan falls short of the $262 million funding shortfall the state has faced each year since 2010 to maintain upkeep on its transportation infrastructure.”

The people of Idaho were told by the governor and the legislators that the increased taxes and fees would be used to repair our roads and bridges. Today the Idaho Transportation Department is considering spending millions and millions of our federal and state gas tax dollars on wildlife overpasses, underpasses and miles of very tall fences in ITD District 6, leaving less funding for the roads in the remainder of the state.

Have the people of Idaho been misled, or is there a disconnect between ITD and the Legislature? Unelected bureaucrats in ITD should not have the authority to spend millions of dollars in taxpayer money on new wildlife projects that have not been authorized by our Legislature and governor. How could they even consider this expenditure when the maintenance backlog for roads and bridges is so profound across the state?

The people of Idaho should call their legislators to rectify this potential travesty.

KENNETH WATTS

Island Park, Idaho

Print Article

Read More Letters to the Editor

DEMOCRATS: God loves you

April 22, 2018 at 5:00 am | Coeur d'Alene Press Vote for the poor, vote Democratic — so we can live like a Republican. God hears the cry of the poor, and he will collect every tear! So poor people — treasure your tears, and be proud to offer the...

Comments

Read More

MERGER: Reasons to worry

April 22, 2018 at 5:00 am | Coeur d'Alene Press People should be skeptical of the merger between Avista and Hydro One utilities. Both companies assure the public that it’s a perfectly routine business deal and no one should be concerned and rate...

Comments

Read More

AMADOR: The best choice

April 22, 2018 at 5:00 am | Coeur d'Alene Press I am writing to encourage voters to re-elect Paul Amador as our Republican Representative for Idaho House Seat 4B. What a breath of fresh air Paul has been in our community. I’ve always had a deep ...

Comments

Read More

HAGEDORN: For Lt. Governor

April 22, 2018 at 5:00 am | Coeur d'Alene Press I am writing to endorse Idaho Senator Marv Hagedorn for Lt. Governor. Senator Hagedorn is a Navy veteran who spent 20 years in the military. When he retired and before becoming a State Senator, he fo...

Comments

Read More

Contact Us

(208) 664-8176
215 N. Second St
Coeur d'Alene, Idaho 83814

©2018 The Coeur d'Alene Press Terms of Use Privacy Policy
X
X