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ID can find budget savings that WA can’t

Colleague Betsy Russell at Eye on Boise tells of an election-related savings in Idaho that isn’t available in Washington. But even if it was, Washington Republicans would probably be more than happy to put the money in the budget.

As reported here, it seems that Gov. Butch Otter’s office was submitting its 2011, which, like the governor’s budget in Washington, is mostly staff expenses. There’s also $15,000 contingency line item for transition, should Otter not be re-elected and a successor have to take over. (All kinds of campaign slogans come to mind, like “Save 15K with ButchO”)

In Washington, the gubernatorial election is still nearly three years off. But Republicans have been out of the governor’s mansion for so long that if this comes up in 2012, they’ll see it as a worthwhile investment.

Gray wolves off Endangered List

U.S. Interior Secretary Kenneth Salazar is taking the gray wolf off the endangered species list in Idaho and other Western states.

Wolves have recovered and don’t need ESA protection, Salazar said. Management plans are being turned over to the states everywhere but in Wyoming, where the state’s plan still needs work, he said.

The announcement was met with praise from the Idaho congressional delegation, who, past and present, have been working to remove federal protections for gray wolves.

Gov. Butch Otter sees this as an economic boon. He thinks letting folks hunt wolves, which is part of the state’s management plan, will help the state’s $35 million hunting and fishing industry.

Rep. Walt Minnick called it a good thing, too, saying he’s been talking with the administration and other Westerners in Congress and fellow “Blue Dog Democrats.” Yeah, there’s always been some animosity between dogs and wolves.

One of the Blue Dogs is Rep. John Salazar of Colorado. Yes, he’s related to the secretary; they’re brothers.

About that “stimulus package” clinic

The White House and Washington state’s two Democratic senators were very happy to announce this week that a small piece of the stimulus package was headed to Spokane for a new medical clinic.

Community Health Association of Spokane was awarded a $1.3 million grant  Monday from the Health and Human Services Department’s portion of the Recovery Act. (Forgive me for referring to seven figures of money as small, but we’re becoming so used to trillions that a million sounds picayune.)

Good for jobs, with unemployment moving up to 10 percent around here. Good for health, considering that those unemployed workers are also, mostly, uninsured. Good for the stimulus package.

Except that the clinic isn’t going to be in Spokane… 

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Jim Camden is a veteran political reporter for The Spokesman-Review.


Jonathan Brunt is an enterprise reporter for The Spokesman-Review.


Kip Hill is a general assignments reporter for The Spokesman-Review.

Nick Deshais covers Spokane City Hall for The Spokesman-Review.

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