JFAC members are beginning an hour-long question-and-answer session with state schools Supt. Tom Luna. The first question, from Sen. Steven Thayn, R-Emmett, was about the $33.9 million that Gov. Butch Otter included in his budget for possible proposals from his stakeholders group on school improvement. Luna responded, “I include that same amount.” He added, “If that money goes away, then my budget basically would be a flat budget.”
In total funds, Luna's budget for next year comes to $1.6 billion, a $40.6 million increase over this year, but that includes his proposal for $5.8 million to accommodate increased student enrollment.