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Labrador Questioned ITD Policy, Too

Four months before Pam Lowe (pictured) was fired as director of the Idaho Transportation Department, then-sophomore state Rep. Raul Labrador helped defeat a bill raising fuel taxes by saying the only people he heard from in support of the hike were those with an financial stake in construction work. Lowe, whose wrongful termination lawsuit cost the state $1.3 million, said she was a victim of gender discrimination and targeted for trying to scale back a construction-management contract benefiting Washington Group (now URS) and CH2M Hill. Those companies had contributed at least $22,000 to Gov. Butch Otter, whose transportation board fired Lowe in July 2009. After the state and Lowe settled last month, Lowe told my colleague, Cynthia Sewell, that the $50 million contract has since morphed into $100 million for work ITD could have handled in-house/Dan Popkey, Idaho Statesman. More here.


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D.F. Oliveria is a columnist and blogger for The Spokesman-Review. Print Huckleberries is a past winner of the Herb Caen Memorial Column contest by the National Association of Newspaper Columnists. The Readership Institute of Northwestern University cited this blog as a good example of online community journalism.

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