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JFAC co-chair, Luna clash over budget process

JFAC Co-Chairman Dean Cameron, R-Rupert, is admonishing state schools Supt. Tom Luna for changing his budget request on the day of his presentation; he said it's not uncommon for estimates of student enrollment growth to change, but procedures require line items and other issues to be submitted in advance so they can be analyzed and included in the legislative budget book. Last-minute changes, Cameron said, are "a waste of our time and a waste of our staff's time." He said, "I'm not aware of how many changes that you have." He's asking Luna and staffer Jason Hancock to run down how the budget request now differs from the submitted request, "to make sure that we have the right information."

After Hancock gave the rundown, Cameron said, "We'll need the appropriate forms filled out and submitted." Hancock responded, "We can have those this week."

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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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