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State storage

Would love to hear Governor C.L. “Butch” Otter’s justification – and as chairman and a voting member of the state Land Board, he is directly involved – in this:

A purchase and business venture by the state of Idaho, unveiled by David Frazier‘s Boise Guardian web site. Assuming the data is correct, it means the state of Idaho has gotten into the storage business in competition with a number of local private businesses.

Engaged in by the unanimously conservative, Republican, small-government, pro-private enterprise members of the Idaho state land board.

UPDATE Correcting the name of the web site (Boise Guardian), per a note from Frazier. Who also notes this: “FYI, guv and AG spokesmouths are all telling me it is the DUTY of the land board to maximize the return on investment and if that means getting into the retail storage business, so be it. It appears to be totally legal, but certainly not a good move from the standpoint of business owners or local governments that lose the tax revenues.”

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