Delays in higher education budget setting

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Idaho lawmakers crafting the next state budget are taking a little more time putting together part of the spending plan for higher education. The Joint Finance-Appropriations Committee (JFAC) voted Tuesday to delay setting the budget for…

Schools budget delayed to Wednesday

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Idaho lawmakers are taking two additional days to look over the next public schools budget, which is likely to see a 7.5 percent reduction. It would be the first decrease in state school funding in Idaho…

Education budget details released early

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Sen. Dean Cameron, R-Rupert, sent the details of the latest draft of the next public schools budget to all Idaho lawmakers, education leaders, and members of the media Friday afternoon.  He called the early release of…

Idaho schools facing $128 million drop

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The latest draft of the next Idaho public schools budget shows a $128 million reduction from the current school year to the next. That’s a 7.5 percent reduction from the current $1.7 billion mix of state,…

Education leaders working on schools budget

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The stakeholders in Idaho public schools are reaching a consensus on the lower spending and increased flexibility that could come in the budget for the next school year. Sen. Dean Cameron, R-Rupert, said lawmakers have talked…

Senate approves insurance-funded vaccine pool

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The Idaho Senate unanimously approved legislation Thursday setting up a universal pool of vaccines for children that will be funded by insurance companies.  The new pool comes after a decision last year to end state funding…

Lawmakers set budget revenue targets

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Idaho budget writers have set their revenue targets, which will help determine how much the state can spend during the next 17 months. The Joint Finance-Appropriations Committee (JFAC) chose a $2.28 billion figure for the current…

Idaho budget revenue numbers will be set on Friday

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Idaho lawmakers will set the revenue targets on Friday that will shape the current and next state budgets. Joint Finance-Appropriations Committee (JFAC) co-chair Rep. Maxine Bell, R-Jerome, said the committee will choose the revenue projections set…

Idaho Education Network scrutinized by JFAC

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Lawmakers had several questions Monday about the Idaho Education Network (IEN), the program designed to give broadband Internet access and broader education opportunities to Idaho public high schools. The state is currently in its first year…