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Budget-writers moving slowly on $14 million broadband request

A week after getting hit with a surprise $14.45 million bill for high school broadband service, legislative budget-writers are trying to figure out their next move.

Gov. Butch Otter is pushing for the money — designed to keep the Idaho Education Network afloat through June 30, 2015. But lawmakers are sifting through contracts in order to understand the budget snafu, and the budget-writing Joint Finance-Appropriations Committee has not scheduled a hearing to take up the request.

“We’re not going to bring it up until all the questions are answered,” Sen. Dean Cameron, JFAC co-chairman, said Wednesday. “And I would say that we’re not at that point yet.”

For more about the story — and where budget-writers stand on the issue — here’s a link to my full story at Idaho Education News.

Kevin Richert is a reporter and blogger at Idaho Education News (idahoednews.org). Kevin is a former Statesman editorial page editor, with 27 year's experience in Idaho journalism.

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