Like other states, Idaho faces a crisis – the result of long-term underinvestment in our aging roads and bridges. The fact is we are driving on the infrastructure that was designed and built for our grandparents.
In 2014, Idaho legislators will likely decide whether or not to support up to $262 million in additional transportation funding necessary to meet Idaho’s annual shortfall (based on the Governor’s Transportation Funding Task Force Final Report.)
Why is AAA Idaho getting involved?
Like many Idahoans, AAA opposes most new or higher taxes. But we also understand that the state and its citizens deserve good roads and bridges. Maintaining our roads and bridges makes good economic sense for our state. It’s also important for safety. Finally, the need for good roads is only going to increase as our population grows.
However, the gas tax and registration fees that comprise a major part of Idaho’s transportation funding haven’t been adjusted since the 1990s. The buying power of what we pay has eroded over time.
This is why AAA Idaho is taking “Better Roads, Fair Funding” to our community. We’re asking all Idahoans to weigh in on creating smart solutions to our state’s most critical transportation issues.
We believe that everyone should pay their fair share – since we all use the roads – and legislators who support additional funding should spread the obligation fairly among all major highway user groups.
Here’s a message we can all take to elected officials:
Make the process transparent – Idahoans will be more willing to support funding for better, safer roads if the process is transparent and the solution is clear.
Make it accountable – Idahoans want a solution that accounts for the demands all highway users impose on the system and one that assigns fees and taxes consistent with that use.
Make it fair – Whether you drive a car, a light truck or an 80,000-pound commercial vehicle, paying your fair share is the responsible solution.
We’re asking AAA’s members and all Idahoans to make their voice heard. Visit our “Support” page to learn how you can make a difference and ensure a brighter future for our state.