Grand bargain turns to debacle for Idaho lawmakers
The public education budget hammered out by lawmakers the last three months was supposed to be a grand bargain for Idaho public schools.
Now, the $1.3 billion budget rejected in the Senate last week has become a grand debacle - and the big reason for extending the 2013 legislative session.
The Senate rejected the spending plan 18-17 after opponents accused budget writers of not properly consulting the education committee on how key slices of money were being spent.
Joint Finance and Appropriations Committee Co-Chairman Sen. Dean Cameron of Rupert says the committee deserves to weigh in on how the budget will be spent. But he and others cautioned against a radical change.
Budget gripes from foes included $13 million for classroom technology and restoring the system for setting teacher salaries.
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