Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Idaho Legislature

Legislative Session Grinds ON
Boise—For 94 days legislative marathoners have reported to work at the makeshift Capitol Annex next door to the Idaho Statehouse.

The biggest stumbling blocks to the adjournment of the 2009 session are transportation, state payroll cuts and education spending issues.

Some Lawmakers think they can wrap up the session by Friday, others confided that it could take at least another to reach a consensus on a transportation funding package.

Veteran lobbyist Skip Smyser says its common knowledge that the session won't end this week, “next week is a much more realistic sine die,” he said.

Meanwhile the Idaho Statesman ran a paragraph on their Legislative page about the cost of running the Legislature. They stated that just one day costs taxpayers at least $30-thousand dollars, including weekends. The cost of the session so far to the people of Idaho: $2.79 million

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