Rep. Fred Wood, R-Burley, told Gov. Butch Otter’s budget chief, Wayne Hammon, that “some of us have a more pessimistic view” than the adminstration on how state revenues will fare, and said he hopes the governor will work with them. Hammon responded that the governor’s budget proposal is one the administration believes is “prudent.” “No one on my staff remembers a time where state government has actually shrunk to that magnitude,” he said.
JFAC Co-Chair Maxine Bell, R-Jerome, told Hammon at the end of his presentation that the panel appreciates working with him and she looks forward to continued cooperation between the legislative and administration budget staffs. “This is a first for many of us - most of us weren’t here in the 1980s, so we’re going to have to stick together on this,” she said.
Betsy Z. Russell covers Idaho news from The Spokesman-Review's bureau in Boise.
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