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Lowe: ‘Taxpayers need to know what’s going on’

Former Idaho Transportation Director Pam Lowe, in an interview with NPR Boise State Radio's Don Wimberly, talked about her dispute with the state over her firing - a dispute that's resulted in a wrongful-termination lawsuit - and her reasons for going public over the dispute. "I think the citizens and the taxpayers need to know what's going on - that is my primary motivation," Lowe told Wimberly. "I've been damaged, so they might as well at this point, they  might as well hear what happened. My reputation, when I was terminated or forced out, was damaged. So at this point I'm somewhat clearing my name by letting people know, hey, here's what really was going on. Plus, the taxpayers just need to have a light shine on what's going on behind the closed doors in our government."

Lowe maintains she was fired for trying to cut back or eliminate a pricey state contract with a politically well-connected contractor. Her lawsuit also alleges sex discrimination and more; she was the department's first female director. "At some point you have to do the right thing, and to me going public and letting people know what was happening and what is happening is the right thing to do," she told Wimberly. You can listen to the full interview here.

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