There was no objection to the intent language attached to the public school budget in the Joint Finance-Appropriations Committee this afternoon, so it was adopted by unanimous consent. That leaves the new public school budget pretty much the same as the Senate-defeated one, with the difference being that it leaves out items that have been incorporated into SB 1199, and instead references that legislation. Overall, schools would get a 2.2 percent increase next year in state general funds.
Betsy Z. Russell covers Idaho news from The Spokesman-Review's bureau in Boise.
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