State Agriculture Director Celia Gould described her department’s zero-based budgeting exercise in her budget presentation to lawmakers this year, stressing frugality. “I planned to cover budget highlights,” she told JFAC. “However, highlights is probably not a good word to use for anything headed our way in 2010.” Senate Finance Chairman Dean Cameron, R-Rupert, complimented Gould for not providing the lawmakers with a ton of paper copies of the various reports and documents she cited. “We’ve been a little surprised at the number of copies, and particularly the number of color copies,” Cameron told Gould. “I notice that yours are black and white. They work just fine.”
Betsy Z. Russell covers Idaho news from The Spokesman-Review's bureau in Boise.
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