Thursday, April 7, 2011

Sine Die at the Capitol

Posted By on Thu, Apr 7, 2011 at 3:07 PM

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.

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