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Denney asked Bell to pull her motion to shift $5 million

Why did JFAC Co-Chair Maxine Bell, R-Jerome, withdraw her motion this morning in JFAC to shift $5 million from an excess balance in the state Industrial Commission to help balance the state budget? Lewiston Tribune reporter Bill Spence reports on his blog, "Political Theater," that Bell got a note from House Speaker Lawerence Denney saying the House GOP caucus wants to discuss the move. A surprised Bell told Spence, “You assume you’re doing your job, trying to find any unused funds that we can use, but apparently not in this case. The whole purpose is to not let entities sit on unused funds when we’re cutting, cutting, cutting.” You can read his full post here.

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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