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Eye On Boise archive for Jan. 13, 2010

WEDNESDAY, JAN. 13, 2010

Idaho Superintendent of Schools Tom Luna discusses school funding with reporters on Wednesday (Betsy Russell)

Luna: School cuts should 'alarm' Idaho parents 

State Superintendent of Schools Tom Luna today explained why his figures on looming cuts in school budgets are different from those in the governor's budget presentation: He's not counting just state general funds, but all funds. Luna, who held a round-table with reporters today to…

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December shortfall shrinks to $12.6M

The early, preliminary estimate of a $13 million shortfall in December's state tax revenues has now shrunk to $12.6 million, according to Gov. Butch Otter's budget chief, Wayne Hammon. "That's why we don't release it, because it always changes," he said. Yesterday, under questioning by…

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Legislative budget analyst Keith Bybee reports to legislative budget writers on furlough hours taken so far by state employees due to budget cuts. (Betsy Russell)

State furlough hours already adding up

In the last two fiscal years, the state has laid off 295 employees, according to a report legislative budget analyst Keith Bybee just presented to JFAC. That was 149 in fiscal year 2009, and 146 so far in the current year, fy 2010. (Bybee cautioned…

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