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Idaho’s wolf killing plans fail to get full funding

BOISE – A bill asking for $2 million to kill up to 500 of Idaho’s wolves won’t get even half of its requested appropriation, said co-chair of the state’s budget committee.

Instead, an unexpected bailout to make up for missing federal e-rate funds to pay for the Idaho Education Network (IEN) broadband program has taken precedence, said state Rep. Maxine Bell, R-Jerome, co-chair of the Joint Finance Appropriations Committee.

“We have some flexibility when it comes to killing wolves,” Bell said. “We don’t have flexibility with IEN.”

JFAC has already approved $6.6 million out of this year’s budget to make up for past-due payments to Education Networks of America, the state’s contractor on the broadband project. It’s money the federal government was supposed to pay for the state’s school broadband program but never did…

Read the entire article on magicvalley.com: Bell: Wolf Fund Won’t Receive $2 Million

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It is interesting that $2M would cover losses, provide education, deterrence strategies, and much more – and yet Idaho would rather spend it to murder wolves. I think this says everything about the mentality of these people. A significant amount of money will still funnel in to killing wolves, but kicking and screaming they reluctantly have to curb some of their bloodlust to pay for education – talk about priorities.

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