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Thu., March 26, 2009, 12:53 p.m.

House passes $8.1 million ed cut

Rep. Bob Nonini, R-Coeur d'Alene, urges the House to support HB 262 to trim teacher pay by freezing movement on the salary schedule and to phase out an early retirement incentive, to save the state $8.1 million next year. (Betsy Russell / The Spokesman-Review)
Rep. Bob Nonini, R-Coeur d'Alene, urges the House to support HB 262 to trim teacher pay by freezing movement on the salary schedule and to phase out an early retirement incentive, to save the state $8.1 million next year. (Betsy Russell / The Spokesman-Review)

The House has voted 49-20 for HB 262, to cut $8.1 million from school funding next year by freezing movement on the teacher salary schedule for increased experience for a year, and phasing out an early retirement incentive. "Tough issues call for tough votes, and today is going to be another tough vote," Rep. Bob Nonini, R-Coeur d'Alene, said before the vote. "We're doing the tough things we have to do. ... In tough times, things have to be taken back." The bill now moves to the Senate.




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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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