Idaho's Marc Johnson weighs in on firefighting budgeting in op ed in New York Times

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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Pyne

As usual Stephen Pyne's comments are right on. Locking it up and letting it burn is not the answer. Nor is clear cutting. There is a middle ground but the extremists won't allow that.