Monday, January 11, 2010

Idaho Legislature Opens Today


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Otter to Unveil Budget Plans This Morning
Boise--Idaho Governor “Butch” Otter says budget cuts are unavoidable this legislative session and will unveil the details later this morning later this morning at the annual State of the State address at the remodeled Idaho Statehouse.

The Governor says despite signs of economic recovery, chronic revenue shortfalls means more 2010 budget cuts in what promises to be another long, contentious legislative session.

The cuts come in addition to the four-percent holdback the governor ordered in September, and says public education won't be spared.
Otter said, “If you have to make cuts in the budget, you have to go where the money is, and 52 percent of the money is in K-12. Otherwise you have to make major, major cuts in the other areas.”

Governor Otter says he and legislative leaders also agree the budget for fiscal year 2011, which starts July First, will be a no-growth budget, no larger than fiscal 2010's.

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