After more than an hour behind closed doors, senators and representatives emerged from a meeting on the impasse over the defeated public school budget in House Speaker Scott Bedke’s office, only to say they’re going to continue to meet, this time over on the Senate side and with state schools Superintendent Tom Luna joining them. “We do not have a deal, let’s just put it that way,” Bedke said. “But there are some makings of some concepts we want to explore.”
He said of the move across the rotunda, “We’re just changing one conference room for another.”
Said Bedke, “We’re obviously having some negotiations and talking things over. … As long as they’re being productive, I want them to continue.” He said the “good news” is that the “different factions” are having “constructive dialogue.” “Nobody has to give up their sacred cows to address the problem,” he said. “I’m confident … that we’ll come to some type of agreement.”
Betsy Z. Russell covers Idaho news from The Spokesman-Review's bureau in Boise.
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