Gov. Otter Signs $95 Million Road Plan

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter has signed into law a $95 million compromise plan to fund the state’s crumbling roads and bridges.

The new law addresses roughly a third of the state’s $262 million annual shortfall to maintain its transportation infrastructure.

The plan raises the fuel tax by 7 cents per gallon and registration fees by $21.

It took a special bicameral committee to develop the compromise before it swiftly passed it through both houses during the final hours of the session.

Otter praised lawmakers for their commitment to hammer out a deal.

The plan also dedicates some excess general fund money to roads over the next two years. The governor had threatened in his State of the State address not to approve any plans that use general fund dollars, but still signed the bill.