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Shawn Keough

Proposal would shift state police funds to roads, bridges

Idaho's state police budget would see a dramatic $16.7 million drop in funding with the goal to provide more dollars to the state's aging roads and bridges under a new bill headed to the Senate floor.

The proposal is appealing to those inside the Idaho Statehouse as part of an ongoing effort to chip away at the state's ever-growing transportation funding shortfall — currently estimated at $165 million. Yet the proposal has also hit an unsettling chord among lawmakers hesitant to slash more than 20 percent of the Idaho State Police's budget with no funding alternative in place.

"If the money wasn't replaced, effectively three-fourths of our patrol division wouldn't...

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