$180M computer contract divides Idaho lawmakers

$180M computer contract divides Idaho lawmakers

$180M computer contract divides Idaho lawmakers

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by Associated Press

KREM.com

Posted on October 27, 2012 at 9:09 AM

Updated Tuesday, Nov 12 at 4:15 PM

   BOISE, Idaho (AP) -- The eight-year, $180 million pact with Hewlett-Packard Co. for laptops required under public schools chief Tom Luna's education overhaul is dividing Idaho's Republican lawmakers.


   Rep. Lynn Luker of Boise said Friday during a meeting inside the Capitol the price was "double pretty much what we anticipated."


   Sen. John Goedde of Coeur d'Alene countered it's only 10 percent above estimates.


   Who's right?


   In 2011, Luna estimated the five-year cost at $70.8 million, or $14.6 million annually.


   For the first five years of the actual H-P contract, the cost is $82 million, about 16 percent higher, conceded Luna spokeswoman Melissa McGrath.


   And over eight years, the average annual cost runs $22.5 million, well over Luna's estimate when calculated yearly.


   Voters weigh in on the computers and Luna's additional education changes Nov. 6.
 

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