Wayne Hammon, the governor’s budget chief, presented the budgets for the governor’s office and the Division of Financial Management to JFAC today. “The office of the governor is a lean operation,” he told lawmakers. But, he said, “The vast majority of the costs within the office of the governor are related to staff.” That means layoffs or furloughs when there are budget cuts, he said. All employees in the office are taking furloughs, he said, and pay for interns has been eliminated. He pointed to one required line in the budget for next year: $15,000 for transition costs at election. If the incumbent governor is re-elected, there’s no transition cost and that money reverts to the state.
Betsy Z. Russell covers Idaho news from The Spokesman-Review's bureau in Boise.
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