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Idaho Grain Industry Requests Transportation Aid

IGPA supports increasing state revenue, though it has stopped short of advocating raising taxes

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The Idaho Grain Producers Association plans to make improving the state’s roads, bridges and short-line railroads a lobbying priority again during the 2020 Legislature despite an expected tight state budget, reports the Capital Press.

Transportation funding is always high on IGPA’s legislative agenda, and for years the association has advocated more spending on road and bridge repairs, government affairs director Rich Garber said at a Oct. 29 meeting of the group’s board in Boise.

IGPA supports increasing state revenue for transportation, though it has stopped short of advocating raising taxes to do so. The legislature in 2015 raised vehicle registration fees and the state’s per-gallon fuel tax — which is helped by population growth but hurt by continued gains in car and truck efficiency.

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