Monday, March 9, 2009

A stimulating bunch

Posted By on Mon, Mar 9, 2009 at 12:06 PM

Idaho's Stimulus Executive Committee met this morning to begin advising Gov. Otter on how to spend Idaho's share of the state's estimated $1 billion in Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds.

During the two hour meeting, three former governors (picture at right sent by Otter's office) and five former budget directors--four of whom are registered lobbyists--were given copies of the stimulus proposals assembled by Otter's budget office during the past week.

According to Otter spokesman, Jon Hanian, they also, "were briefed on the legal parameters built around the acceptance of stimulus funds. Committee members will be reviewing those documents between now and the next meeting of the committee that is scheduled for Wednesday."

Stimulus proposals can be reviewed here.

Meanwhile, the City of Boise has also set up its own stimulus progress page and it's own committee. The Boise Valley is already in line for almost $55 million in transportation funding through COMPASS, the regional transit authority, and has asked Otter for $7.6 million in state funds as well.


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