Separately, the 10-member panel recommended spending $1.9 million of the $4.9 million payout next year on drug treatment that otherwise might go shortchanged in the recession. Other recommendations: $500,000 for the Idaho Meth Project, $1.3 million for counseling and nicotine patches to kick smoking and $500,000 for courts helping kids curb anti-social behavior. These are recommendations; budget writers and the Legislature must still sign off before the cash is distributed.”
Betsy Z. Russell covers Idaho news from The Spokesman-Review's bureau in Boise.
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