Idaho lawmakers vote to fix road project drafting error
Posted: 10:59 AM, Jan 18, 2018
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Idaho's legislative budget writing committee agreed to cover the cost of a $27.5 million drafting error that could have cost the Idaho Transportation Department funding for some road projects.
Lawmakers passed a "surplus-eliminator" bill last year to divide any year-end surplus between the state's rainy day fund -- which is generally intended to backfill the budget in times of great need -- and the department's fund for road projects. But a drafting error caused the amount not to be transferred to the department.
The Spokesman-Review reported that the Joint Finance-Appropriations Committee on Thursday morning voted 19-0 to transfer the funds anyway, plus about $200,000 in interest.
The measure still must pass both houses and get the governor's signature before it can go into effect.
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