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Several Issues Top The Priority List For The New Legislative Session

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By Brandon Redmond

Twin Falls, Idaho (KMVT-TV/KTWT-TV) The Idaho Legislature is back in session and the State Capital is a busy place as legislators try to do what's best for their constituents.

"It's been a busy week this week at the Idaho legislature. We are starting on committee work and bills are beginning to be introduced,” said State Representative Stephen Hartgen.

The budget and taxes will both be hot topics in the upcoming legislative session.

"There have been lots of discussions around the capital on things like taxes and how to keep them low and yet how to fund the central services for cities and counties," said Representative Stephen Hartgen

Legislators have also been asked to find an additional three percent for the state's education budget in 2014.

Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Luna called for spending approximately 1.3 billion, including more than 10 million on technology of schools.

"I'm not sure we will be able to do quite that much but it's a realistic figure and we will try to come close to it if we can," said Representative Stephen Hartgen.

Despite the fact that voters rejected propositions 1, 2 and 3, Hartgen feels the state has a good handle on education reform.

"The governor has a good task force up and working on education reform, teacher evaluations, technology, so I think you'll see parts of it go forward, maybe not in exactly the same form," said Representative Stephen Hartgen

While it's still early, legislators are trying to get a handle on the major issues facing our state.


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