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No resolution yet on broadband budget mess

Key legislators and Otter administration officials met late Wednesday afternoon to try to sort out the state’s broadband budget mess, reports Idaho Education News reporter Kevin Richert, but nothing was resolved. Jon Hanian, press secretary for Gov. Butch Otter, said the negotiations are “still in process.” Otter is seeking $14.45 million from lawmakers to keep the Idaho Education Network high school broadband system online, after federal e-rate funds for the network were placed on hold last March. The Joint Finance-Appropriations Committee has not yet set a date for a hearing on the request; you can read Richert’s full report here.


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Betsy Z. Russell
Betsy Z. Russell joined The Spokesman-Review in 1991. She currently is a reporter in the Boise Bureau covering Idaho state government and politics, and other news from Idaho's state capital.

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