On Tuesday, March 31 the Idaho Senate allowed HB 311 to die. The bill was sponsored by House leadership to address their remaining priorities including some transportation funding.
The proposed bill would have lowered the top personal income tax rates, eliminated the sales tax on groceries and the grocery tax credit, and added 7 cents to the gas tax to fund infrastructure maintenance.
The net affect of the bill as written would have been a tax increase on most taxpayers, especially the middle class and a big tax decrease for the most wealthy Idahoans. The transportation funding was only a small portion of what is needed and contained no provisions for anything other than roads and bridges.
The bill was returned to committee after a brief hearing yesterday and Senate Majority Leader Bart Davis indicated the Senate will not reconsider and approve HB 311. Senate President Pro Tem, Brent Hill, stated that elements of the bill could be added to one of the other two transportation bills before the Senate Transportation Committee.
We are aware of attempts to pass one of the other funding bills, it is uncertain whether walking and biking or public transportation will be included. A hasty bill at the end of the session is unlikely to meet Idahoans needs. Please contact your legislators today to let them know how important funding for all road users is and that it should be included in any transportation funding bill.
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