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Hearing on agencies facing funds phase-out…

Wayne Hammon, Gov. Butch Otter's budget director, talks about the governor's plans to phase out state funding over the next four years for a half-dozen state agencies, including the Idaho Human Rights Commission. (Betsy Russell)
Wayne Hammon, Gov. Butch Otter's budget director, talks about the governor's plans to phase out state funding over the next four years for a half-dozen state agencies, including the Idaho Human Rights Commission. (Betsy Russell)

There's a packed house at JFAC this morning, where budget hearings are scheduled for three agencies for which Gov. Butch Otter has proposed phasing out all state general funds over the next four years. Under questioning just now, Wayne Hammon, the governor's budget director, said, "The governor does not propose eliminating any of these agencies." Instead, he said, he's asked them to "identify other sources to replace their general fund. ... Some of these agencies have taken that seriously." Sen. Nicole LeFavour, D-Boise, said, "When the governor proposes no sound alternative for funding, that is in effect elimination."



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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