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SR: Idaho Waking Up To Ed $$$ Need

Early indications are that Idaho will be engaging in a different kind of budget debate this year. Austerity and tax cuts are no longer the only considerations as the economy emerges from a lengthy slumber. Gov. Butch Otter began with tepid proposals to increase spending on education, but his budget still leans toward two perennial favorites: rainy days and tax cuts. However, a burst of fresh thinking has come from the state’s former chief economist, Mike Ferguson, and two former state school superintendents; Jerry Evans, a Republican, and Marilyn Howard, a Democrat. Their budget calls for much heavier investments in education to help the state break out of its low-diploma, low-wage rut/Spokesman-Review Editorial Board. More here. (AP file photo, of Gov. Butch Otter)

Question: Is this the year Idaho will hold its politicians accountable for underfunding public education?

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D.F. Oliveria is a columnist and blogger for The Spokesman-Review. Print Huckleberries is a past winner of the Herb Caen Memorial Column contest by the National Association of Newspaper Columnists. The Readership Institute of Northwestern University cited this blog as a good example of online community journalism.

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