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The week that was…

On tonight’s “Idaho Reports” program on Idaho Public Television, I join Jim Weatherby, Mike Ferguson, and hosts Melissa Davlin and Aaron Kunz for a discussion of the events of the legislative session’s third week, from budgets to listening sessions to candidate announcements; also, Davlin and Kunz interview Sens. John Goedde, R-Coeur d’Alene, left, and Janie Ward Engelking, D-Boise, center; Davlin interviews Boise State University President Bob Kustra; and Kunz interviews interim University of Idaho President Don Burnett. The show airs at 8 p.m. tonight; it re-airs Sunday at 10:30 a.m. Mountain time, 9:30 Pacific; and plays on Boise State Public Radio on Sunday at 7 p.m. After it airs, you can watch it here online any time.

During our discussion, I ask Ferguson whether the alternative state budget he released this week would use any one-time money for ongoing expenses, a question I’ve heard from legislators. The answer is complex and somewhat confusing; I quizzed him further after the taping, and his answer was no. The $71 million that Gov. Butch Otter proposes to transfer to state rainy-day savings accounts is technically one-time because it’s a year-end balance from the current year, Ferguson explained; his budget doesn’t make the transfer, but it does have a $66.1 million ending balance at the end of fiscal year 2015, so the funds aren’t routed into ongoing expenses.

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Betsy Z. Russell covers Idaho news from The Spokesman-Review's bureau in Boise.

Named best state-based political blog in Idaho for 2013 by The Fix

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