(BOISE, ID) — The Idaho legislature could’ve ended the 2013 session last week, were it not for the narrow failure of the proposed $1.3 billion education budget. The Senate rejected the budget 18-17 last week, amid concerns that nearly $13 million would be set aside for new technology. Another controversial section of the budget would’ve restored the old system for setting teacher salaries. Republican Sen. Dean Cameron of Rupert says the Joint Finance and Appropriations Committee deserves to weigh in on how the money will be spent.
Nate Sunderland, EastIdahoNews.com
Ruth Brown, Idaho Press-Tribune