Senator calls for review of debt-for-roads program

Senator calls for review of debt-for-roads program

Senator calls for review of debt-for-roads program

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by Associated Press

KTVB.COM

Posted on November 30, 2013 at 3:08 PM

Updated Monday, Dec 2 at 10:26 AM

BOISE -- A state senator will ask legislative auditors to scrutinize the $840 million "Connecting Idaho" highway building program to help determine if it should continue.

Eight years ago, then-Gov. Dirk Kempthorne overcame objections from debt-leery lawmakers to his bonds-for-roads plan to improve highways.

Come January, Sen. Chuck Winder of Boise will ask the Legislature's Office of Performance Evaluations to scrutinize whether the Connecting Idaho-created construction flurry accomplished what Kempthorne promised, or if the state would have been better sticking to its traditional, pay-as-you-go system of highway funding.

Winder said next year is a good time for the review, since lawmakers predict no major road-funding decisions until 2015, after elections.

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