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Don’t see how you can possibly call it “Connecting Idaho” any more. Based on the plans developed by legislators, what was a massive, generational effort to link parts of Idaho with what would amount to a new road system, has been reduced to a handful of maintenance jobs.

That is the direction being taken by the Joint Finance-Appropriations Committee. According to the Idaho Statesman report on its proceedings: “The committee voted to divide most of the money among three projects: $70 million to I-84 between Caldwell and Meridian, $65.6 million to U.S. 30 between McCammon and Soda Springs and $45.6 million to U.S. 95 between Worley and Setters. Of the remaining money, $15 million is divided between three additional projects and $3.8 million is left over, presumably to pay project managers Washington Group International and Denver’s CH2M Hill.”

(Of those three main projects, our opinion is that the first and third are most worthy, and we’d have a couple of other recommendations for the other spot … but we digress.)

Some of what JFAC is doing here is simply the result of revised cost and revenue estimates. But there is more as well, and that is where the serious bumping of heads is likely to occur with Governor Dirk Kempthorne.

Are we ready for the Gov/Xgr Mega-Facroff III?

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