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Wed., March 5, 2014, 9:14 a.m.

Bedke Talks Blunt When Otter Won’t

Ask Idaho House Speaker Scott Bedke, R-Oakley, a straightforward question and you'll get a straightforward answer. Case in point: What are the odds, a reporter recently asked Bedke, of the state following through on Gov. C.L. (Butch) Otter's pledge to boost school spending by more than $350 million? That figure -- which includes restoring about $82.5 million in school operation cuts and then boosting teacher pay -- stems from the governor's own education improvement task force. Otter says it's going to take time -- maybe four or five years -- but he'll get it done. Or will he? ...(So how did Bedke respond to a reporter's question about the odds that school reform will proceed?)  Not much, he said/Marty Trillhaase, Lewiston Tribune. More here.

Question: So Otter's talk of hundreds of millions in increased school funding is just that -- talk?




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D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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