Hear why GARVEE must be scaled back
- Sen. Skip Brandt, Chair of the Senate Transportation Committee, is
scheduled to appear on AM 670 KBOI in Boise Monday morning, March
6th, from 8:30 to 9:30. He'll discuss with hosts Paul J. Schneider
and Chris Walton why GARVEE must be scaled back to just the two or
three most urgently needed projects. Sen. Brandt and Rep. Wood are
working hard to build a coalition of legislators from around the
state who agree that we cannot take on the kind of debt load that 11
GARVEE projects entail, especially in light of uncertain federal
At the JFAC meeting on February 21st, during Sen. Brandt and Rep.
Wood's testimony, members of JFAC used the Indian Valley highway by
name as an example of projects that do not merit GARVEE funding.
Sen. Keough said, "We're hearing from people" about everything
that's wrong with the South Emmett to Mesa proposal. We are being
heard! Keep those calls, letters, and e-mails flowing to JFAC
members and your own legislators. Urge them to join Sen. Brandt and
Rep. Wood in keeping the state from being plunged into debt for the
next 30 years! If GARVEE is to be used at all--a risky proposition
at best--it should only be used to complete the most urgently needed
projects, such as I84 from Caldwell to Meridian.