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Sunday column: The $27.5M for roads missing from Otter’s budget; pre-K support; soliciting law…

When lawmakers started delving into the budget proposal that Gov. Butch Otter has made for next year, they got a surprise: Though they passed a bill last year to split a $55 million year-end surplus between the state’s rainy-day fund and roadwork, only the rainy-day fund transfer was made. Due to a drafting error in the bill, Senate Bill 1206, the transfer to the Idaho Transportation Department’s Strategic Initiatives Fund didn’t happen, and Otter didn’t include it in his budget plan. My Sunday column this week reports on that issue; along with the new poll finding strong support among Idahoans for state-funded pre-K; and House Assistant Majority Leader Brent Crane’s proposal to make first-time offenses of soliciting prostitution a felony in Idaho. You can read my full column here at

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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