Go figure: Idaho produces more than potatoes. Turns out there's a company in Boise that makes diesel locomotives and now half the state's congressional delegation (one senator and one congressman) wants to block a deal in which the MBTA would buy commuter-rail locomotives from a European company, the Boise Guardian reports.
The T and Vossloh are seeking a waiver from a "Buy America" law to let the company build two prototype engines in Spain. The 50 actual diesels the T would buy would be built in Kentucky, but Sen. Mike Crapo, and Rep. Mike Simpson want to kill the whole deal - which would make MotivePower of Boise the only other bidder for the project. The Guardian is not amused:
... The politicos welcome a French nuke processing plant at Idaho Falls, but they would be outraged if powerful democrats in Boston tried to scuttle it for some reason. ...
Oh, look: Idaho bloggers organize to fight the T. Even the mayor of Boise is onboard, saying the Vossloh deal could jeopardize 200 "high-skill engineering and manufacturing jobs" in the Boise area.