Idaho Department of Administration Director Teresa Luna is on the hot seat this morning, presenting the department’s budget to lawmakers – along with the troubled Idaho Education Network high school broadband service. Luna’s presentation to the Joint Finance-Appropriations Committee puts everything else first – the IEN is the final three pages of her 14-page Powerpoint presentation.
Idaho EdNews reporter Kevin Richert has a backgrounder here on the IEN mess. On other topics from the Admin budget this morning: Luna told JFAC, “We have officially paid off the bonds for the capitol restoration project.” That means cigarette tax funds that paid those bond payments are now available for other state expenses. Also, Admin is requesting $245,400 for more training on purchasing procedures, in response to an Office of Performance Evaluations report that called for beefing up the state's contracting procedures; Gov. Butch Otter is recommending approval of the funding.