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Eye On Boise

House panel rejects bill to sell off guv’s mansion

The House State Affairs Committee has voted unanimously to reject legislation from Rep. Grant Burgoyne, D-Boise, to sell off Idaho's governor's mansion and shift the money to state parks.

Rep. Eric Anderson, R-Priest Lake, said at some point a North Idaho resident will be elected governor, and not have a local home to live in while serving. "To me, I can't see that the southern part of the state is going to continue to have every governor all the way through," he told Burgoyne, D-Boise. "I know that you live down here, representative, but I would hope that somebody from the north would once again serve in this institution." House State Affairs Chairman Tom Loertscher, R-Iona, interjected, "Now wait a minute."

Anderson said,  "If we're trying to get the best yield for state property, which this is, it seems to me that you advertise it all around the country." The bill, he said, is "the wrong way to sell real estate - you're trying to get the lowest amount possible. This is not a good marketing strategy."

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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