Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Public Set To Weigh In On State Budget Friday

Posted By on Tue, Jan 31, 2012 at 12:30 PM

It's time for your two cents. And given Idaho's budget constraints, that could be generous.

The Idaho Legislature's budget writing committee is poised to take public testimony on the pending Fiscal Year 2013 Budget this Friday, Feb. 3. The Joint Finance-Appropriations Committee will listen to the public from 8-10:30 a.m. in the Capitol Auditorium at the Statehouse.

If you want to testify, get to the Capitol building early. Sign-ups begin as early as 7 a.m., and it's expected to be a full house. You will be given three minutes and the Legislative Service Office offers a few tips as its "keys to successful testimony:"

-Be specific. Tell lawmakers what programs or services you want kept and which ones you want cut.
-Write down your testimony. It helps a great deal if you're nervous. Plus, you can always turn in your written testimony.
-Get there early. Testimony is on a first-come, first-serve basis.
-Be polite. Lawmakers aren't shy about dealing with testimony that goes off the boil.

JFAC still needs to hear from a few more state agencies and departments, but the committee is scheduled to begin setting the FY 2013 budget on Monday, Feb. 20 and should have some numbers ready by Friday, March 9.

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