Tuesday, November 16, 2010

2011 Idaho Legislature

Idaho Statehouse at dawn--Jake Putnam photo
Budget Shortfalls Could Plague Session

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.


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