Republican Infighting in Idaho
I had Idaho Gov. Butch Otter pigeonholed as a libertarian early in his term, but it might be more accurate to describe him as predictably ...
I had Idaho Gov. Butch Otter pigeonholed as a libertarian early in his term, but it might be more accurate to describe him as predictably unpredictable. Otter is calling for a gas tax increase, which has created a major fight with his fellow Republicans in the state legislature. From the Spokesman-Review:BOISE - It's Republican vs. Republican in an Idaho political showdown: House GOP leaders say they'll adjourn for the session on Wednesday without passing GOP Gov. Butch Otter's transportation plan, likely forcing the GOP-dominated Senate to force the House back into session against its will.
Otter met with both House and Senate GOP leaders at day's end, and sent a clear message that he wants transportation funding increased - to the tune of $75 million to $80 million a year - before this year's legislative session ends. "The governor restated his commitment to a solution to the transportation funding issue this session," said Senate Assistant Majority Leader Joe Stegner, R-Lewiston. "We spent a little time talking about registration, but he came right back to a gas tax."
The House has voted six times this year against raising the gas tax, a key piece of Otter's plan to boost the state's lagging road maintenance.
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