"Idaho residents came in droves to testify Friday before state lawmakers who are considering the governor's proposed cuts to public health programs next year. "The stress on us has been incredible," said Scott Burpee, an operator of assisted-living homes in southeastern Idaho who was among the first of many Medicaid providers to speak. More than 140 people signed up to testify at the hearing, which was the second of two public forums the Joint Finance-Appropriations Committee scheduled this year, for the first time in history. The first hearing focused on the public education budget, which is down more than $128 million compared to the previous fiscal year"...Read More here.

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