The joint committee on revenue is now debating the three motions. “We do not have the luxury this year of missing it like we did last year,” said House Assistant Majority Leader Scott Bedke, R-Oakley, who said he favors Sen. Russ Fulcher’s substitute motion or perhaps one even more conservative. “I think we need more cushion … because of the no-safety-net nature of our situation as opposed to last year.” Sen. John Goedde, R-Coeur d’Alene, co-chairman of the joint committee, said he supports the amended substitute motion, the one from Sen. Brent Hill. “Our task is a daunting one,” Goedde said. “Any underestimating of revenue is going to mean we’re going to cut programs in education and in Health & Welfare, and we’ll have money in the bank maybe at the end of the year, but that’s not going to help the people that we’ve denied services. So we’ve got to find a realistic number.”
Betsy Z. Russell covers Idaho news from The Spokesman-Review's bureau in Boise.
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