The Idaho Legislature's joint budget committee has begun its interim meeting this morning at the Stueckle Sky Center at BSU, starting with an update from legislative budget director Cathy Holland-Smith on the state of the general fund. Overall: Not so good. The state faces a $151 million budget shortfall in the current year; Gov. Butch Otter has ordered holdbacks to make up part of that. "The Legislature will have to act on this when you come to town," Holland-Smith noted.