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Fri., March 27, 2009, 8:46 a.m.

Final motion passes unanimously

The final JFAC motion on the public schools budget, on facilities, came from Rep. Shirley Ringo, D-Moscow, and passed unanimously, 19-0. Over the whole budget, the difference between the various motions was mainly over how much federal stimulus and state reserve account money to plug into the school budget to soften proposed cuts. The Democrats' motions would have used $41 million from the stimulus and $6 million from the public education stabilization fund. The successful motions tapped $60 million from the stimulus, but $20 million of that was to offset state general funds; they took no money from the public education stabilization fund. The Dems would have imposed 3 percent base pay reductions, but avoided transportation cuts, freezing the pay grid, retirement changes or furloughs. The successful motions do the transportation cuts, freeze the pay grid, and cut base pay 5 percent for administrators and 2.63 percent for teachers and classified staff, among other cuts.




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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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