State Budgets 2012: Idaho



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Budget Background:

  • Fiscal Year Begins: July 
  • Frequency of Legislative Cycle: Annual
  • Legislative Session for 2012: Convened Jan. 9, 2012
  • Frequency of Budget Cycle: Annual

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Budget News and Information: 2012

3/27/12: House passes public school budget, 54-15

SB 1410, the public school budget, has passed the House on a 54-15 vote; the spending plan, the single largest piece of Idaho's state budget, earlier passed the Senate 31-4 and now heads to Gov. Butch Otter. Under the budget, state general funds for schools would rise 4.6 percent next year, but total funds would be up from this year's reduced level by just 0.4 percent.

Read more: The Spokesman-Review

3/27/12: Senate passes prison budget, sends it to governor's desk

With no debate, the Senate has voted 32-3 in favor of HB 678, the corrections budget for next year. The budget shows a 7.3 percent increase over this year in state general funds, which is an $11.4 million increase, but a drop in other funds from this year; the overall increase in total funds is 3.5 percent.

Read more: The Spokesman-Review

3/16/12: Idaho House approves higher education budget

The Idaho House is backing a budget that increases state support for Idaho's public universities by $18.1 million in 2013. Lawmakers voted 58-9 Friday to approve the plan, which includes a 2 percent salary increase for employees. State spending on higher education has declined 26 percent amid the economic downturn.

Read more: Associated Press

3/11/12: Eye on Boise: Panel finishes agency budgets

Legislative budget writers have now set all state agency budgets for next year, finishing their work by setting the Medicaid budget on Friday.

Read more: The Spokesman Review

3/9/12: Medicaid budget set, will rise 8.7% next year in state funds

One of the biggest single budgets in state government, for Medicaid, will be pegged at $474.2 million in state funds for next year, $1.9 billion in total funds, the Joint Finance-Appropriations Committee decided this morning on a unanimous, 18-0 vote.

Read more: The Spokesman-Review

3/6/12: Idaho prison budget grows slightly; guard pay lags

Lawmakers have approved a 3.5 percent increase for Idaho's Department of Correction, with much of the boost going to contracted medical services and community-based treatment programs.

Read more: Associated Press

3/5/12: Idaho budget boosts state support for K-12 schools

Legislative budget writers have voted to boost state support for public schools by 4.6 percent next year while increasing the minimum teacher salary to $30,500, up from $30,000.

Read more: Associated Press

2/21/12: Idaho lawmakers tussle over state worker raises

Lawmakers in the Idaho House set the stage for more debate on state worker pay raises moments after legislative budget writers set the increases at 2 percent. Republican Rep. Stephen Hartgen of Twin Falls introduced two pieces of legislation Tuesday. One measure that supports giving state workers a 2 percent pay raise but gives agency directors discretion to award the increases how they see fit, while the other measure would ditch the pay increase altogether.

Read more: Associated Press

FY 2013 Legislative Budget Book

The Legislative Budget Book, published at the beginning of each session, is the primary reference document used by the Joint Finance-Appropriations Committee in setting the Idaho state budget. It contains the budget requests from all state agencies along with Governor's Recommendation and analyst comments and descriptions of the agency and their budget.

Read more: Idaho Legislature

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4/14/11: Governor: Budget surplus could wipe away education cuts

Impending cuts to education could be wiped away if the state continues to collect more taxes than expected.

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3/28/11: Idaho budget cutters stymie cigarette tax hike

A 31-member coalition, led by Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids and the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network argues raising the tax would discourage kids from starting smoking, but it also included this sweetener: It would raise about $50 million in tax revenue that would come in handy to fill budget holes as state tax revenue slumped yet again.

Read more: Associated Press

3/27/11: Idaho budget cuts will have real consequences

Idaho has cut state mental health care spending by 11.4 percent from fiscal year 2009 to 2011. This places Idaho in a tie for 13th place among the states with the largest cuts by percentage of their overall state mental health general fund budget.

Read more: The Times-News

3/22/11: Idaho expected to rein in $19M more in revenue

Lawmakers writing Idaho's budget expect to rein in more than $19 million in additional tax revenue next year.

Read more: Bloomberg Businessweek

3/15/11: Idaho House committee moves bill cutting $34 million in Medicaid programs in fiscal 2012

An House committee has approved a bill calling for more than $34 million in cuts to the state Medicaid program, savings critical to helping solve Idaho's overall budget puzzle but also spelling the suspension or reduction in programs and treatment for the elderly and adults with severe mental illness and other disabilities.

Read more: Canadian Business Online

3/9/11: Overflow crowd at Idaho Capitol attends Medicaid reform hearing as dozens object to cuts

Hundreds attended Tuesday's 4 1/2-hour hearing on a measure to cut some $39 million in Medicaid funding, with the crowd spilling out into the hallways of the Capitol basement to protest a key part of Idaho's painful push to balance next year's state budget.

Read more: Canadian Business Online

3/9/11: Idaho budget progressing, but funding for schools, Medicaid loom large

Putting together the next Idaho budget is going according to schedule and with only a few hiccups, though the two biggest slices of state taxpayer funding are still awaiting funding. Public schools and health and welfare spending make up 70 percent of the budget, but lawmakers on the Joint Finance-Appropriations Committee (JFAC) aren’t planning on setting either budget until at least the end of this week.

Read more: Idaho Reporter

3/1/11: Luna's office budget increases due to student tracking system

Idaho budget writers approved the budget for the office Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Luna Tuesday, with Luna’s office seeing an increase due to funding for the state’s database to keep track of students in the public schools system.

Read more: Idaho Reporter

2/28/11: Idaho's 50+ Say Close Business Loopholes to Tackle Budget Woes

While "new revenue" seem to be dirty words to most Idaho lawmakers, the same doesn't hold true for their largest group of voters, the 50+.  It turns out the age group may know a thing or two about tackling Idaho's budget woes, and a new survey of Idaho's 50+ released by AARP Idaho today shows lawmakers just how to do it - close some business tax loopholes and hike beer, wine, liquor, and cigarette taxes. 

Read more: PR Newswire

2/28/11: Lawmakers get ready to turn attention to cuts, fixes in Idaho Medicaid budget

Idaho lawmakers who have so far been focused on legislation to reform public education are getting ready to turn their attention to another difficult challenge: Cuts in Medicaid.

Read more: Associated Press