Policy brief from the James A. & Louise McClure Center for Public Policy Research | Idaho at a Glance. July 2014, Vol. 5, No. 4 | A critical challenge for Idaho’s policy makers is finding revenue to invest in infrastructure for which most voters see a clear need in the future. This is the main
conclusion from our 2014 likely voter survey on Idaho’s roads and bridges. Key findings include the following:
Likely voters generally view roads and bridges as adequate today but not for ten years from now.
Almost all likely voters see a relationship between the economy, on one hand, and roads and bridges, on the other.
Roughly half of likely voters say that increasing funding for roads and bridges should be among the state legislature’s top three priorities.
A substantial majority of likely voters is convinced by arguments about safety and the economic importance of roads and bridges, but less convinced by arguments about high taxes and government waste.
Revenue sources for which voter support is highest are those that are less likely to generate significant amounts of funding.