Eye On Boise

Otter: Priorities are jobs and education

With the state facing a budget surplus for the first time since the recession hit, Gov. Butch Otter says he wants to see "an Idaho focused not on scarcity or what we lack, but on a more prosperous and hopeful future for all of us." He said, "It's with that Idaho in mind that I set my top two budget and policy priorities for 2012 and this legislative session. And the reality is, those two priorities are inseparable - jobs and education. Almost everything we do this year will have an impact on those two priorities."

Otter's budget proposal for fiscal year 2013 is based on two key assumptions: A drop in forecast revenue growth for the current fiscal year from 6.4 percent to 4.4 percent, and then a forecast for next year's general-fund tax revenues to grow 5.8 percent over the lowered total for this year. He's then capping overall general-fund spending growth in his proposed budget at 5 percent, for a spending level slightly below the forecast.




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