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Community college budget cut called ‘dagger in heart’ of job creation

SB 1180, the budget for Idaho's community colleges for next year, which includes a cut of more 5.6 percent in total funds and no funding to cover enrollment growth, has passed the House on a 53-14 vote, but not without objections. Rep. Grant Burgoyne, D-Boise, said, "What we're doing is disinvesting. ... Priorities matter, hard choices have to be made, and this is our future we're talking about. This is about whether Idaho will have the workforce that it needs to attract the jobs that will be critical in the future. The business of this Legislature and this government I believe is to create jobs. That should be our No. 1 priority, and I think this is a dagger in the heart of that effort."

Rep. Jeff Thompson, R-Bonneville, the bill's House sponsor, responded, "This is a good budget that balances, the budget has been balanced and therefore I ask for your green light." All of the House's Democrats voted against the bill; they were joined by Rep. Tom Trail, R-Moscow. Having already passed the Senate, the budget bill now moves to the governor's desk.

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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