Sen. Nicole LeFavour, D-Boise, asked Wayne Hammon, the governor's budget director, "You want to increase taxes for roads, spend stimulus for roads, borrow for roads and cut education. ... I'm truly trying to understand ... (why the governor would want) to have education suffer that much." Hammond responded, "That's a very good question. ... Nobody likes cutting budgets. The governor believes that fixing our infrastructure is an immediate need, that we must do something." Schools are being protected from cuts in the current year, Hammon said; they'll experience cuts next year like all other state agencies.