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Legislative leaders: School reform, revenue sharing, Medicaid cuts…

Asked by reporters at the Idaho Press Club lunch today if they disagree with state schools Supt. Tom Luna that class size doesn't affect student achievement, both Senate Majority Leader Bart Davis and House Majority Leader Mike Moyle noted that they are married to teachers. Davis said he's been "counseled otherwise" by those that have "great influence over me."

When asked about comparisons between the process of passing the national health care reform bill and the Legislature's handling of the school reform issue, Moyle said, "They never fixed the bill."
Asked about cutting revenue sharing to cities and counties to help balance the state budget, Moyle said, "I don't see that happening," and Davis said, "The Senate's probably not interested in doing it at all."

Asked about Medicaid cuts, Moyle said a draft bill should come out today on how cuts might be made. "We'll know more in the next couple of days," he said. Davis said, "That has the potential of being one of the more difficult issues that we face as a state, including in this session. Those will be very, very difficult proposals, those will be hard votes to cast, and ... we need to learn a little about ourselves in that regard."

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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