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Edit: Otter Should Veto Road Bill

Only one thing would have been worse than Idaho's lawmakers going home without cementing a deal to find more money for the state's neglected highways and bridges. That would be adopting a bad deal. Over the weekend, lawmakers agreed to a modest, $95 million plan. But in deference to House Republicans, a portion of the transportation package will be drawn from Idaho's general fund. That's the source of money for schools, higher education, welfare, public safety and general government programs. First in his State of the State address in January and again last week, Gov. C.L. (Butch) Otter signaled he'd veto any plan to drain the general fund for transporation. Obviously, the threat is not being taken credibly. Here's hoping lawmakers are mistaken about Otter's resolve/Marty Trillhaase, Lewiston Tribune. More here.

Question: Should Gov. Otter veto the $95M road bill?




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D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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