Idaho Air Guard deployment (copy)

Members of the Idaho Air National Guard board a Boeing 777 as they leave for deployment to Southwest Asia in support of the mission of the 124th Fighter Wing in this May 2020 file photo. The Guard will receive a $6.5 million training facility at its Boise Air Terminal, adjacent to the Boise Airport, according to a news release from Rep. Mike Simpson’s office. The money was allocated from $24 million in federal funding that Simpson secured for eight project in Idaho, the news release stated.

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U.S. Rep. Mike Simpson secured nearly $24 million in federal funding for eight projects in Idaho, including three in Boise, his office announced this week. “As a member of the House Appropriations Committee, I believe I have a responsibility to balance two very important goals — the need to limit the growth of the federal government and the need to provide vitally important funding to priorities in the State of Idaho,” Simpson said in a statement.

The largest project in Boise will direct $6.5 million toward the construction of a medical training facility for the Idaho Air National Guard at its Boise Air Terminal, adjacent to the Boise Airport. Another $700,000 will go toward rehabilitating taxi-lane D at the Boise Airport, and $787,000 will fund an update of the Idaho Grain and Ag Center.

You can read our full story here at idahopress.com (subscription required), or pick up Saturday's edition of the Idaho Press.

Betsy Z. Russell is the Boise bureau chief and state capitol reporter for the Idaho Press and Adams Publishing Group. Follow her on Twitter at @BetsyZRussell.

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