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Idaho House passes school budget with just handful of dissenters

UPDATED: Mon., March 20, 2017, 5:41 p.m.

Dome of the Idaho state Capitol in Boise, where lawmakers will convene their session in January, and will be asked to consider a new plan to address the state’s health coverage gap. (Betsy Z. Russell)
Dome of the Idaho state Capitol in Boise, where lawmakers will convene their session in January, and will be asked to consider a new plan to address the state’s health coverage gap. (Betsy Z. Russell)

BOISE – The Idaho House passed all seven bills that make up the K-12 public schools budget on Monday with no debate and just a handful of “no” votes.

The budget, which adds up to nearly $1.7 billion, shows a 6.3 percent increase in state general funds. It now moves to the Senate. Gov. Butch Otter had called for a 6.4 percent increase.

Rep. Wendy Horman, R-Idaho Falls, told the House that the school budget takes up 48.8 percent of the state’s total general fund budget.

Among North Idaho lawmakers, only Rep. Vito Barbieri, R-Dalton Gardens, voted against any of the pieces of the budget; he opposed three of the seven bills, for the divisions for teachers, administrators and children.



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