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ITD Head Not Asking for More Money, But Wants Lawmakers to Think About It

Benito Baeza

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Transportation Department Director Brian Ness isn’t proposing plans to boost his agency’s revenue this year, but he wants to “start having the discussion” about funding for improvements and repairs to Idaho’s aging road and bridge system. Ness spoke with budget writers on the Joint Finance-Appropriations Committee on Monday, telling them he has “no specific proposals” to boost ITD funding.

The last time the agency brought a plan to boost revenue was 2009, when proposed hikes to gas and registration fees failed. While outlining his agency’s 2014 spending plans, Ness also told the budget panel he’s heard discussions at the federal level about a one-time stimulus package for the nation’s highways. He’d prefer a steady revenue stream from Washington, D.C., because that’s more sustainable than a frenetic one-time boost to resources.

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