By ROBERT S. MERRILL
The Joint Finance Appropriations Committee, comprised of both House and Senate members, will start setting individual state budgets this week and the figure they will be working from is $2,783,000,000, some three percent higher than last year’s spending levels.
Representative Marc Gibbs, of Grace, is a member of JFAC. He said on Tuesday the Legislature will start work on setting individual department budgets.
Gibbs traveled to Preston last Saturday to discuss with Preston Superintendent Joel Wilson a possible approach off U.S. 91 near Preston Junior High School.
“The real issue here is safety of the school children and whether a new approach off the state highway will increase that safety,” he said. “After discussing the issue with Idaho Transportation Department officials in Boise, they referred me to the Region 5 office in Pocatello. We will be working with engineers from that department to see if we can come up with a plan that will work.”
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