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Lawmaker says reservation fuel tax issue not worth the trouble

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WORLEY, ID.  - A northern Idaho lawmaker says the amount of money being brought in by a tribal fuel tax is not worth the time the tribes and state are putting in to find a compromise on how it is divided.  Republican Senator Mike Jorgenson of Hayden Lake is a member of the Idaho Council on Indian Affairs. At stake is $3.5 million in fuel taxes being collected every year at reservation gas stations.

Idaho lawmakers tried and failed to pass a bill to take the money earlier this year, and tribes have since been trying to negotiate an agreement. Each tribe has been working on proposals to allow the state to keep a portion of the fuel tax.

(By KHQ Local News and The Associated Press)

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