Idaho Governor C.L. “Butch” Otter has released his proposal on what to do with the federal stimulus money. There’s nothing especially stunning in it – even the convergence with Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Luna‘s proposed school cuts seems of a piece.
He takes it to the legislature tomorrow, at which point lawmakers may (may) start cranking back up to speed.
What you get most out of the proposal is how little discretion the states really have in spending the money. The billions requested by state agencies, local governments and others – the non-state requests alone ran to $5.6 billion – were so far beyond what could be gotten as to be, maybe, a little sad. Guess you can’t blame them for asking, but . . .Share on Facebook