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A budget full of cuts…

Gov. Butch Otter laid out a grim budget proposal for Idaho today, calling for cutting public education both this year and next, slashing 400 state jobs, phasing out state funding for Idaho Public TV over the next four years and more. Here’s a link to my full story at, and here’s a link to the full detail on Otter’s proposals: The text of his State of the State speech, and his full budget proposal, including documents, charts and graphs.

Among the details that can be quickly gleaned from these documents: For next year, FY 2011, Otter’s proposing a 1.2 percent cut in general-fund support for public schools; a 13.9 percent cut for colleges and universities; a 33.2 percent cut for Idaho Public Television; and an 11.2 percent boost for the Secretary of State. The reason: It’s an election year, and the figure reflects the one-time costs of holding statewide elections. The state’s prison system would see a 4.4 percent funding increase, while juvenile corrections would take a 9 percent cut. Public health districts would lose 11.1 percent of their state funding next year; Water Resources, 13.2 percent; DEQ, 9.2 percent; and the Department of Agriculture, 13.3 percent.

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Betsy Z. Russell covers Idaho news from The Spokesman-Review's bureau in Boise.

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