When the $700 billion stimulus package passed Congress, right around the time the Idaho Legislature was starting to think about starting to do some legislating, Idaho lawmakers got a new idea. Let's study this enormous pork-barrel, deficit-jarring monstrosity for a few weeks before we do anything else. The governor said he'd hold his nose and take the money. Idaho Democrat Rep. Walt Minnick even voted against the stimulus bill. But within months, Otter, Minnick and most of the Legislature were clamoring over who would get to spend the money first, and trying to get Idaho "its fair share." That's fiscal conservatism for ya: We don't like it, but we'll take it.
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