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The last time a school budget was defeated, in ‘92, it happened four times…

When was the last time a public school budget was defeated on the floor of the Idaho House or Senate? Turns out the answer is 1992, and it was a doozy. That year, the first version of the school budget, HB 704, failed in the House on a 32-52 vote. The second version passed the House, but failed in the Senate, 18-24. The third version again passed the House and failed in the Senate, 17-25. The fourth version went straight to the Senate, where it failed, 18-24. The final version, HB 878, passed the House 47-37 and then cleared the Senate on a razor-thin 22-21 vote before being signed into law by then-Gov. Cecil Andrus.

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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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