Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter issued his recommendations this week for how to use $1,240,062,000 in federal stimulus funding being made available to Idaho by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. The recommendations include allocating $408,770,000 for health and welfare programs; $260,468Sti,980 for public schools; $36,078,300 for higher education; $159,978,000 for unemployment benefits and workforce development; $61,894,000 for environmental quality projects; $200,334,100 for transportation; $15,268,000 for public housing, low-income housing and homelessness prevention; and $97,270,700 for other state government programs.
“I want to thank the members of my Executive Stimulus Committee who assessed this complicated federal law and what opportunities it presents for our state – as well as all the associated costs and what strings are attached. They did a great job of providing me with insightful and meaningful analysis,” Gov. Otter said.
“These decisions are difficult, and I took them very seriously. We don’t get any do-overs here, so I’m grateful to the folks on the committee and the Division of Financial Management staff for making this process manageable.”
The Governor’s recommendations are based on seven basic criteria:
The recommendations, and an appendix breaking down how the funds would be expended over Fiscal Years 2009, 2010 and 2011, are on the DFM Web site at http://dfm.idaho.gov/fed_stimulus.html.