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Friday, March 13, 2009

Some Lawmakers Not Liking Otter's Plan

Some Idaho lawmakers are bent out of shape over Gov. Butch Otter’s plan to boost road spending but cut education spending.

Yesterday, Otter detailed his plans for spending more than $1.2 billion in federal economic stimulus money, which includes increasing taxes for roads, spending stimulus money for roads, and borrowing for roads- all while cutting education funding.

Here are the details. What's your take on this? Does Otter have the right idea to improve infrastructure, or is he putting too much into roads at the expense of education?

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Kootenai Metropolitan Planning Organization (KMPO) is the Metropolitan Planning Organization for Kootenai County, Idaho. Federal law requires urbanized areas with populations exceeding 50,000 people to have an MPO. KMPO was formed in 2003, to provide coordinated transportation planning within Kootenai county for the public, cities, small towns, the county, the state, transit providers, and the Coeur d'Alene tribe.

KMPO's Board of Directors oversees KMPO for Kootenai County, ID. KMPO's Executive Director and Staff are responsible for day-to-day operational and administrative needs.