Monday, April 20, 2009

Black Monday

Otter Vetoes Eight Bills
Boise--Governor Butch Otter vetoed eight budget bills approved by the Legislature this morning. The vetoes came after an early morning meeting with lawmakers. Otter explained later that the failure to raise money for the State's crumbling roads and bridges led to the veto.

"Over the last couple of hours, things have clarified themselves quite a bit," Hanian told reporters after the veto. Raising money for failing highways and bridge maintenance is a top priority for the governor.

For lawmakers its back to the drawing board, they can't adjourn until the bills have passed in the second longest legislative session on record. The legislature is on day 99, the second longest in Idaho history and taxpayers are picking up the the $30-thousand dollars a-day tab.

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