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Mon January 6, 2014
Idaho Governor's Budget Targets Wolves, Water And Wi-Fi
For those seeking a catchy slogan for Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter's 2015 budget, they could do worse than "wolves, water and Wi-Fi."
The Republican governor Monday told legislators that those three things will be among his priorities for the coming fiscal year, starting in July.
Otter called for $2 million for a new Wolf Control Fund, something he sees necessary to keep the number of predators in check.
Idaho now has 680 wolves.
Amid a drought, he wants to dedicate $15 million for water projects, including final studies on a proposed dam on western Idaho's Weiser River, as well as boosting water storage capacity in the Island Park Reservoir in eastern Idaho.
Meanwhile, Otter's proposed budget includes about $2 million to sustain funding for equipping Idaho high schools with Wi-Fi.