Idaho lawmakers have closed down an historic 2011 legislative session this afternoon. The Senate adjourned at 12:36 p.m. followed by the House gavel at 2:21 p.m.
Legislators are packing up and heading out, leaving in their wake:
- rules for a new closed primary system
- $34.6 million less in state general funds for Medicaid (undercutting Medicaid by $108 million when missing federal dollars are considered)
- $7.6 million less in state general funds for higher education (the lowest higher ed budget in more than a decade)
- a three-pronged plan to sweep the state's K-12 public education system, shifting money away from teachers' salaries into technology funding and a new pay-for-performance plan
Governor C.L. "Butch" Otter has already scheduled a ceremony for Friday morning, when he will sign into law the third measure of school chief Tom Luna's controversial "Students Come First" reform package. Luna and so-called "key stakeholders" are expected at the signing.