Idaho likely is looking at more budget holdbacks during the current budget year - or dipping into rainy-day funds - just to make it through, Senate President Pro-Tem Bob Geddes and House Speaker Lawerence Denney warned today. “There are plans being made to continue to adjust the 2009 budget to keep our state in the black,” Geddes told reporters as the two addressed the Idaho Press Club. But it’s still unclear, he said. “We have not been given final numbers for January yet.” The two GOP leaders said even though Gov. Butch Otter is out this week recovering from surgery, they’ve been in close touch with his staff. “Even though the governor is not in the office this week, we met with his staff this morning,” Geddes said. So far, it looks like the 4 percent in budget holdbacks that Otter imposed in September and December are “probably not” enough, he said.
Betsy Z. Russell covers Idaho news from The Spokesman-Review's bureau in Boise.
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