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…

Budgets for aging, Millennium Fund set

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Budget writers in the Idaho Legislature set the spending for several small department budgets Monday morning. The state education budget, which takes up the majority of general fund spending, was delayed for two days, but lawmakers…

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,…

Budget writers sparing agency phaseouts, for now

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Legislative budget writers appear not be to following through with the phase out of state funding for several agencies that Gov. Butch Otter called for in January. The Joint Finance-Appropriations Committee ignored the budget item eliminating…