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Otter Reveals Idaho’s Budget Secret

In delivering a warning to his department heads, Gov. Butch Otter is also giving a heads up to lawmakers. Don’t expect an unabated flow of federal dollars into state government. Otter is asking his agency directors to come up with a contingency plan for absorbing a 20 percent cut in federal dollars. They’re supposed to report back by Aug. 1. I don’t have any problem with this exercise, even if a 20 percent cut is an unlikely worst-case scenario. By asking state agencies how they would go without help from Uncle Sam, Otter is shedding a little light on a conveniently forgotten reality of budgeting: Idaho depends on federal dollars more than its fed-bashing citizen lawmakers ever care to admit/Kevin Richert, Idaho Statesman. More here.

Question: Did you realize that Idaho depends on federal dollars to fund a number of state budgets? Still hate federal gummint?


Read more here: http://voices.idahostatesman.com/2012/06/22/krichert/butch_otter_shines_a_spotlight_idahos_dirty_budget_secret#storylink=twt#storylink=cpy


D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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