Idaho Surprise: Gas Tax Hike Signed Into Law
"It was a last-minute compromise before this year’s legislative session ended in the early morning hours on Saturday," writes Jessica Robinson of Northwest Public Radio. "The measure promises to raise around $95 million a year for Idaho roads and bridges. But many lawmakers left unsatisfied."
Republican Sen. Marv Hagedorn said 7 cents per gallon would only scratch the surface of what Idaho needs to maintain its highways. He urged lawmakers to craft a more ambitious plan.
On April 1, Betsy Z. Russell of The Spokesman-Review wrote, "It appears that the majority of the Idaho Senate is not inclined to … support the legislation,” Senate Majority Leader Bart Davis, R-Idaho Falls, announced. "It will not be reconsidered this session."
Add another state to the growing, albeit slowly, list of Republican state government trifectas that have increased gas taxes this year.
Russell clarifies that both the fuel taxes and registration increases take effect on July 1.