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Drafting error shorts Idaho $27.5M for road projects

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SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) - A legislative drafting error will cost the Idaho Transportation Department $27.5 million in funding for road projects, and Gov. Butch Otter's budget proposal doesn't seek to mend the error.

The Spokesman-Review reports Idaho lawmakers passed a "surplus-eliminator" bill last year to split year-end surplus between the state's rainy-day savings and the department's road projects.

A drafting error caused half of the amount intended for the department to not be transferred, so the department's Strategic Initiatives Fund didn't receive the $27.5 million.

Otter's budget director Jani Revier briefed the Legislature's Joint Finance-Appropriations Committee on Tuesday and told lawmakers that the governor is not going to recommend the transfer.

Information from: The Spokesman-Review, http://www.spokesman.com

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