Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Capitol Cuts Expected

Capitol restored, originally uploaded by Jake Putnam.

Boise--Expect more budget cuts to state programs and agencies, this legislative session according Idaho Gov. Butch Otter.

Details of the cut won't be released until after the annual State of the State address in January, but Otter doesn't plan to raise taxes, he said.

Budget chief Wayne Hammon said state workers will not receive pay raises in the 2011 fiscal year and may face additional benefit cuts. Workers recently had their health benefits reduced. He also said that some state-run services may be privatized.

Earlier this month, Otter urged agencies not to fill vacant jobs and he now is looking into selling state assets such as buildings.

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