Boise--The Legislature's budget chief warned lawmakers on Monday that the 2011 budget plan they wrote relies on more than $270 million in one-time and temporary funding.
Budget director Cathy Holland-Smith says that money in the budget this year won't be there in 2012. Smith briefed the Senate and House Joint Finance-Appropriations Committee in annual pre-session meetings at the Statehouse.
She says the problem will only get worse because state programs like public schools and Idaho's health insurance programs will need another $70 million to fund growth. Smith says legislators will have to come up with at least $340 million if they want to build a budget for the next fiscal year if they are going to addresses all the budget items for this fiscal year.