Noting the busy 2012 fire season, the former chief of staff to Gov. Cecil Andrus calls for multi-year budgeting and other reforms. The piece appeared Wednesday in "Room for Debate," an online opinion section.
Writes Johnson: "If the American taxpayer is to ever get a break on the continually escalating costs of wildfire suppression, agency managers must be given budgets and discretion that more clearly reflect a realistic multi-year strategy."
Johnson is identified as president of the Andrus Center for Public Policy, which is at Boise State University. Johnson also is a partner at Gallatin Public Affairs, a regional PR, strategy and lobbying firm.
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