2013 session ends after education budget stumble
The 2013 Idaho Legislature adjourned Thursday, nearly a week later than expected.
The delay wasn't caused by either of the two big issues many lawmakers in January predicted: Repealing Idaho's personal property tax and Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter's plan to create a state-based insurance exchange.
Instead, it was a budget that must pass every year — the $1.3 million spending plan for public education — that tied lawmakers in knots and kept them in Boise beyond Easter.
Given it's the first education budget since voters in November rejected the "Students Come First" reforms, some lawmakers weren't surprised it was the rock upon which the Legislature became high-centered.
For the record, the Legislature adjourned at 11:30 a.m., with the House and Senate completing formalities and informing Otter they were finally leaving town.
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