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Pro-megaloads group decries opposition

A business group backing megaloads on Highway 12 in Idaho is decrying the megaloads opponents' arguments as "littler more than unverifiable claims and personal opinions." Alex LaBeau, president of the Association of Commerce and Industry and a member of the group "Drive Our Economy," said he believes three weeks of testimony in a contested-case hearing at ITD supported his side. "The hearing not only showed that oversize shipments are safe and well-planned, but also shined a light on the opponents of shipping and commerce, exposing their arguments as little more than unverifiable claims and personal opinions," LaBeau said in a "Drive Our Economy" news release.

Added Idaho County Commissioner Skip Brandt, "Our communities are on the verge of losing important jobs and critical economic activity that the majority of residents support, simply because a handful of activists and their national allies are ideologically opposed to commerce. ... It's time to put an end to these legal system  fishing expeditions and costly delays and get this important opportunity moving." There's more on the group's website here.

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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