Monday, January 12, 2009

2009 Legislature Underway


Statehouse Dome, originally uploaded by Jake Putnam
DIFFICULT DECISIONS AHEAD
BOISE - The 2009 Legislature starts today with an ominous economic backdrop. Lawmakers will be tasked with cutting budgets, slashing hundreds of state jobs and eliminating programs for the state's poor.

Some say it could be one of the shortest sessions on record because of the lack of revenue dollars, others say it will be the longest on record for the same reason.

Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter will propose an estimated $2.69 billion budget for fiscal year 2010 starting in July, thats 8 percent lower than the fiscal year 2009 plan. The Governor will deliver the annual State of the State address at 3pm.

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