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Focus of 2012 Idaho State Legislature Funding of basic programs | Preston Citizen

Focus of 2012 Idaho State Legislature Funding of basic programs

January 6, 2012
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By ROBERT S. MERRILL

Assistant editor

Things seem to getting better with Idaho’s economy and there is a projected $77 million budget surplus. But things may not be as rosy as the initial figures portray and the Idaho Legislature will have to deal with a myriad of funding requests.

“The state budget, money woes, and how to fund basic programs will certainly be the driving focus of the upcoming Legislative session,” said Marc Gibbs, Franklin County’s representative.

Budget requests from state agencies far outstrip any budget surplus that we will have, he said, and finding ways to fund critical programs will be front and center at the session, which will start in a little over a week on Jan. 9.  (See the full story in The Preston Citizen.)


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