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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

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School budget battles: the plot thickens

Senate President Pro Tem Brent Hill, R-Rexburg Some senators oppose the proposed 2013-14 public schools budget proposal, Senate President Pro Tem Brent Hill said Tuesday. But is the opposition sufficient to sink the $1.3 billion budget? “I can’t predict that,”

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Are both education budgets in trouble?

House Speaker Scott Bedke, R-Oakley On Monday, I interviewed House Speaker Scott Bedke, R-Oakley, on education — and the legislative “interim committee” that he would like to put together to study school labor issues. Here are a few other items from my

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A big hearing on Idaho’s K-12 budget: a preview …

Week Nine of the 2013 Legislature begins with a big hearing: On Monday morning, the Joint Finance-Appropriations Committee will tackle the public schools budget. With that comes, perhaps, some answers to some key questions: What will budget writers do with

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