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Fri., March 13, 2009, 8:24 a.m.

Deep in the numbers…

Legislative budget director Cathy Holland-Smith briefs the Joint Finance-Appropriations Committee as the panel prepares to set budget target figures for the coming year. That number, lowered by recession-hit state revenues, then drives all budget decisions for state agencies, which must fit within it. (Betsy Russell / The Spokesman-Review)
Legislative budget director Cathy Holland-Smith briefs the Joint Finance-Appropriations Committee as the panel prepares to set budget target figures for the coming year. That number, lowered by recession-hit state revenues, then drives all budget decisions for state agencies, which must fit within it. (Betsy Russell / The Spokesman-Review)

Legislative budget director Cathy Holland-Smith is briefing JFAC members on all the numbers, in preparation for the committee setting budget target numbers for both the current and the 2010 fiscal years. The background is complex as can be, and every theoretical change - whether or not the state will conform to the $14 million in income tax changes in the federal stimulus bill, whether or not the grocery tax credit will continue to rise, changes in state tax revenues, etc - affects the bottom line. This morning, the committee will reach a decision on the budget target, and then every budget decision it makes for next year, in the coming weeks, must fit within that.




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Betsy Z. Russell
Betsy Z. Russell joined The Spokesman-Review in 1991. She currently is a reporter in the Boise Bureau covering Idaho state government and politics, and other news from Idaho's state capital.

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