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.
Join the Discussion
After you comment, click Post. You can enter an anonymous Display Name or connect to a social profile.
California May Raise Smoking Age to 211 day ago
Illinois Budget Crisis Means Lottery Winners Have to Wait for Payout1 day ago
Governor of Florida Declares Emergency Before Erika Hits1 day ago
University of Texas Will Move Jefferson Davis Statue1 day ago
Michigan Won't Allow Marijuana Treatment for Autism1 day ago
Pot Group Goes to High Court to Change Ohio's Legalization Ballot Language1 day ago
More from Politics
Didn't find what you were looking for? Search our archives, or subscribe to one of our e-newsletters, and we'll bring the news to you!