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Eye On Boise archive for Nov. 15, 2010

MONDAY, NOV. 15, 2010

The Idaho Legislature's Joint Finance-Appropriations Committee holds its interim meeting in Boise on Monday; the meeting continues on Tuesday (Betsy Russell)

Budget writers: 'It's going to be hard' 

You can read my full story here at on today’s JFAC discussions, in which state lawmakers on the Joint Finance-Appropriations Committee got a grim glimpse of the decision-making that awaits them when they convene in January, including a possible budget shortfall for next year…

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Student data system could bring savings

Here’s a news item from the Associated Press: BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A state budget analyst says Idaho could bank hefty savings from a new system designed to collect and monitor student test scores, attendance and other data from the time they enroll in kindergarten.…

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Rumors of PERSI demise all false 

Idaho’s public employee retirement system has been deluged by calls, email and visits from worried state retirees who are concerned that it’s going to be eliminated or cut back, but PERSI Director Don Drum said there’s no truth to the rumors driving those concerns. “I…

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Idaho tax revenues beat forecast again

Gov. Butch Otter’s Division of Financial Management is presenting its latest revenue figures to JFAC; in October, state tax revenues were up $8.8 million over projections, for a year-to-date total of $22.8 million ahead of projections. Both individual and corporate income taxes are running well…

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JFAC reviewing grim budget figures

JFAC, the Legislature's Joint Finance-Appropriations Committee, is holding its interim meeting in the state Capitol today, as lawmakers begin looking ahead to the budgeting task they’ll face in January when they convene. Among the figures reviewed thus far: One-time money used in setting the fiscal…

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