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McGeachin: ‘An unfunded mandate’

Rep. Janice McGeachin, R-Idaho Falls, spoke out against SB 1110. "When you put all of the plan together, all three bills, then this may work," she said. "My concern with this bill is the numbers and the finances just don't shake out." She said, "I've always run on a platform of fiscal responsiblity."

McGeachin said the House Health & Welfare Committee, which she chairs, is struggling to make deep and difficult cuts in the Medicaid program, and this bill would spend money the state doesn't have. She said, "I really struggle" with the idea that her committee's work is "to enable this." Said McGeachin, "I totally support the concept of pay for performance, and I applaud the efforts of the sponsors of the bill. I would like to be able to offer some additional opportunities for paying our teachers, but I do believe that this, in a sense, is an unfunded mandate, in that we have not identified a revenue that would be able to pay for this. And by putting it into statute, it will present for further pressure on the education budget in the future."

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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