BOISE – The Idaho House passed all seven bills that make up the K-12 public schools budget on Monday with no debate and just a handful of “no” votes.
The budget, which adds up to nearly $1.7 billion, shows a 6.3 percent increase in state general funds. It now moves to the Senate. Gov. Butch Otter had called for a 6.4 percent increase.
Rep. Wendy Horman, R-Idaho Falls, told the House that the school budget takes up 48.8 percent of the state’s total general fund budget.
Among North Idaho lawmakers, only Rep. Vito Barbieri, R-Dalton Gardens, voted against any of the pieces of the budget; he opposed three of the seven bills, for the divisions for teachers, administrators and children.
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