Idaho Legislature On Track To Adjourn Friday
(AP) Idaho legislators are now expected to adjourn on Friday. Senate Assistant Majority Leader Chuck Winder said Tuesday it will likely take until then for budget writers to complete their work. It appears a compromise over a five-year, $35 million teacher pay bill has been struck, after a new measure was introduced in the House Education Committee on Tuesday. But Republican Sen. Dean Cameron of Rupert says an agreement between the House, Senate and Gov. “Butch” Otter over tax cuts and reserves for an eventual economic downturn remains on the 2012 Legislature’s to-do list. Democratic Minority Leader John Rusche fears cutting taxes by $35 million and saving the same amount in rainy day funds, as some Republicans propose, would leave Idaho tens of millions short, based on current revenue estimates.