Wayne Hoffman’s Idaho Freedom Foundation released its own alternative state budget this week, though the group has not yet filled in many of the details. It calls for $180 million in tax cuts, no funding for the governor’s task force recommendations for improving schools, a 2 percent pay increase for state employees and teachers and a $10 million transfer from the state general fund to the Idaho Transportation Department, which traditionally has received no state general tax funds. Hoffman’s proposed budget skips Gov. Butch Otter’s proposed big transfers to the state’s rainy-day accounts along with numerous others of the governor’s initiatives, but proposes spending $2 million for a public defender pilot project and $4.7 million for justice reinvestment.
Melissa Davlin of Idaho Reports takes a look at the proposal here, but reports that Hoffman is out of town this week and unavailable to answer questions.
Betsy Z. Russell covers Idaho news from The Spokesman-Review's bureau in Boise.
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