ITD audit a big duh

Idaho shells out $450,000 to state the obvious: roads need more care. Senate transportation chairman John McGee: “It reiterates what the governor’s been saying for the last two years-our roads are falling apart … You pay a little bit now, or you pay a heck of a lot later.” ITD does not even know what it needs to maintain. But the study may bear fruit: JoAn Wood: “I thought it was very well done – it was exactly what we wanted. We were so concerned last year that we were not able to get the information we felt like we needed. We couldn’t justify to our public any increase where it was not clearly beneficial to the whole state.” Russell at

But Wood, who runs the House Transportation Committee, told the AP she wants to see changes in the department before it gets new funding. Read the full report here.

State Agencies Take their Shows on the Road

The heads of Public Instruction and of the state Transportation Board have been taking their shows on the road in recent months and both power pointers got a chance to pitch the Idaho press corps on Thursday.

The annual Associated Press Legislative Preview was a lively show, with Darrell Manning, chairman of the Transportation Board and Tom Luna, Superintendent of Public Instruction showing up with slick presentations detailing how much money they are saving and/or want to spend.

“I don’t like new taxes, I know Gov. otter doesn’t like new taxes… but we need to make the decision whether or not we are going to keep up with the growth in Idaho,” Manning told the three dozen reporters assembled. Continue reading State Agencies Take their Shows on the Road