Idaho Governor Says Priorities For Year Are Wolves, Water And Wi-Fi

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By Paul Johnson

BOISE, Idaho (KBOI-TV) - Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter's 2015 in his state of the state address said "wolves, water and Wi-Fi" was high on his priority.

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.


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