Guv Butch included the better part of a million bucks for a detox center in Boise in his budget proposal to the legislature Monday.
Reaction from Boise’s Team Dave was swift and positive.
“I know I speak for all of the members of the Mayor’s Detox Steering Committee when I say how thrilled I am that Gov. Butch Otter has included $865,000 in his proposed budget to assist in constructing a community detoxification facility in Boise,” said Mayor Dave Bieter in a prepared statement.
Bieter didn’t mention the BOISE GUARDIAN had previously called for the state to step up and obey the law as the legislature had mandated. He probably just forgot to credit us.
We broke the GUARDIAN STORY October 1, 2005. We took an unusual approach and quoted the law.
State auditors followed up with a devastating report two months later which took the Health and Welfare Dept. to task for not doing its job. Gov. Jim Risch followed later and appointed Jim Tibbs as the state drug czar.
The law has a total of 11 sections, 39-304 seems to be the most explicit detailing responsibility of the State to handle detox duties.
Now that we have the record straight, we too think it is nice for Guv Butch to kick in some state money for detox–it is badly needed.
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