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Debating the revenue number

JFAC members prepare to set a revenue figure on which to base the state budget on Friday morning. (Betsy Russell)
JFAC members prepare to set a revenue figure on which to base the state budget on Friday morning. (Betsy Russell)

JFAC is getting ready to adopt revenue figures on which to base budget-setting for both the remainder of this year and next year. First up: They're looking at two motions, one for the governor's revised forecast for fiscal year 2010 showing a drop in revenues of 4.7 percent, and one reflecting the Joint Economic Outlook & Revenue Assessment Committe's recommendation, which reflects a drop of 7.5 percent. "Any other motion could be made for any other number that the committee believes is appropriate," legislative budget director Cathy Holland-Smith told the committee.

The first motion: Rep. Cliff Bayer, R-Boise, moved the economic outlook committee's figure. Sen. Shawn Keough seconded the motion. The second motion, a substitute motion from Sen. Diane Bilyeu, is for the governor's revised forecast. Sen. Nicole LeFavour seconded the motion.



Betsy Z. Russell
Betsy Z. Russell joined The Spokesman-Review in 1991. She currently is a reporter in the Boise Bureau covering Idaho state government and politics, and other news from Idaho's state capital.

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