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Tue., Jan. 10, 2012, 12:50 p.m.

Lawmakers learn that Otter’s budget wouldn’t restore cuts

Here's a link to my full story at on how Idaho Gov. Butch Otter's budget proposal for next year wouldn't restore any of the steep budget cuts Idaho's made in the past three years of economic downturn, with just one exception: Partial restoration of $750,000 in grant programs at the state Department of Commerce. As state lawmakers began examining the details of Otter's agenda Tuesday, some concerns surfaced about that approach. The one area to have cuts restored: Three Commerce grant programs, the Business and Jobs Development Program, the Rural Initiative, and Small Business Assistance Grants, would split the $750,000, which replaces only a tiny fraction of funds cut from them in the past three years; the Rural Initiative alone has lost $2.6 million from its annual budget.

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Betsy Z. Russell
Betsy Z. Russell joined The Spokesman-Review in 1991. She currently is a reporter in the Boise Bureau covering Idaho state government and politics, and other news from Idaho's state capital.

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