Jon Hanian, press secretary for Gov. Butch Otter, had this to say about the $68.5 million transportation funding bill that’s pending in the House: “$68 million does not fill up a $200 million hole. We’ve been saying all session long that this needs to be taken seriously, and not done piecemeal. … He’s willing to listen to other proposals, and he’s willing to be persuaded, but so far he hasn’t heard a persuasive argument.” Asked what message the governor was sending to lawmakers, Hanian said, “He’s putting them on notice, I think. He offered political cover on this earlier and they rejected it.”
Betsy Z. Russell covers Idaho news from The Spokesman-Review's bureau in Boise.
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