The “heavy lifting” is continuing in the Joint Finance-Appropriations Committee today, which this morning is setting budgets including the state Department of Administration and the Department of Corrections, among others. First, however, it took up a minor technical change – legislative budget director Cathy Holland-Smith said she made a $100 error in the previously set budget for the Office of Performance Evaluations, and asked the joint committee to reopen the budget and correct the error.
“Mrs. Holland-Smith, you never make a mistake and I think we should have just taken up a collection,” JFAC Co-Chair Maxine Bell, R-Jerome, said to laughter. “I think we could come up with some pocket change.” Sen. Dan Schmidt then moved to correct the error, “in lieu of taking up a collection.”