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Thursday, February 24, 2011

Lowe Case Running Up Big Bill For Tax Payers

The bill from the private law firm handling Idaho's side in a lawsuit filed by former Idaho Transportation Director Pam Lowe, is a high price for tax payers.

Lowe filed a wrongful termination case, contending she was fired after refusing to bow to political pressure from the governor’s office not to reduce a highway contract with political contributors. The Idaho attorney general’s office said it doesn't have the resources to handle the case, so hired the private firm. The problem; the private firm charges up to $250 per hour, a lot more than the $55 an hour it costs to use state attorneys.

The Idaho Statesman has the story. And a lot of comments. Up to 71 of them last I checked.

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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.

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