In a ruling that could have major implications for broadband service in schools — and a multimillion-dollar price tag for Idaho taxpayers — a District Court judge has tossed out Idaho’s $60 million school broadband contract.
The disputed Idaho Education Network contract was declared void late Monday afternoon by 4th District Court judge Patrick Owen.
Owen sharply criticized the state Department of Administration for continuing to try to salvage the 2009 contract, after carving Syringa Networks out of the deal to provide broadband to 219 high schools across the state.
A.J. Balukoff has said he’s committed to doing whatever it takes to unseat incumbent Gov. Butch Otter.
And we now know that includes putting more than $3.2 million into the race.
The latest round of campaign finance reports came in Tuesday — a snapshot covering the period from Oct. 1 to Oct. 19. In that time, the businessman, accountant and Boise School Board trustee contributed $995,000 to his campaign, bringing his total contributions for the year past the $2.7 million mark. Since Oct. 19, Balukoff has put an additional $545,000 into the race.