Idaho could get an alternate way to pay for new road construction under a bill introduced Wednesday by the House Revenue and Taxation committee.
Boise attorney and lobbyist Jeremy Pisca has proposed diverting sales tax from revenue growth generated by new Idaho roads as a means to pay for that construction.
His bill could help complete Idaho 16 from Chinden Boulevard to Interstate 84, which could bring jobs and give the Treasure Valley a north-south route besides the heavily traveled Eagle Road. But it could help other areas of the state, too. One of Pisca's clients is M3, a large master planned community bordering Idaho 16 that would benefit from the fast connection to I-84.
Idaho Department of Transportation officials say they dont have the money to build new roads, often seen as an economic generator. Transportation officials face more than $250 million in maintenance to keep up the roads Idaho has.