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Analysis: Otter’s cautionary budget tone

The state’s 2012-13 budget year ended with another robust month of tax collections. And cautionary words from Gov. Butch Otter.

“Don’t get the idea that we’re flush just because we ended the budget year with a few extra bucks,” Otter said Thursday.

When the 2014 legislative session opens in six months, and Otter presents a 2014-15 state budget blueprint, don’t bank on a big spending change. For state agencies — and for a public school system that receives 47 percent of the state’s general fund — Otter went out of his way to temper expectations Thursday.

But if Otter and lawmakers are looking for places to spend money, there won’t be a shortage of ideas. For one thing, Otter can look to the education reform task force he assembled in December.

Click here for my Idaho Education News analysis on the coming budget debate.

Kevin Richert is a reporter and blogger at Idaho Education News (idahoednews.org). Kevin is a former Statesman editorial page editor, with 27 year's experience in Idaho journalism.

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