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Idaho School Budget Discussion Reason Lawmakers Are Extending Session

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By Paul Johnson

BOISE, Idaho (KBOI-TV) — Senators voted 18-17 against the $1.3 billion public schools budget, likely extending the 2013 legislative session after an insurrection of lawmakers who said the spending plan infringes too severely on state education policy.

Wednesday's result came after objections from lawmakers who said the fiscal year 2014 spending plan included too much money for teacher pay — and not enough to help schools keep their lights on.

Sen. John Goedde of Coeur d'Alene, Education Committee chairman, argued the budget hadn't properly been vetted by his panel's members.

Sen. Dean Cameron, a Rupert Republican who chairs the Senate budget committee, defended it as "as good a budget as we've seen in a long time."

Now, the Joint Finance-Appropriations Committee must write a new budget.

Cameron says that could add 10 days to the session.


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