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Analysis: Governor Otter's Priorities In State Of The State

Butch Otter
State of Idaho

Idaho Governor Butch Otter outlined his priorities during the 2018 Idaho Legislative Session during Monday’s State of the State address. He detailed both his budget proposal and the issues he wants to concentrate on during his last year in office.

Otter’s proposal adds up to a nearly $3.7 billion state budget next year. Part of that includes a roughly 6 percent increase in public school funding, which adds up to $123 million.

Boise State University Political Science Professor Gary Moncrief says Otter’s budget has a lot of moving parts that all have to fit together to reach the numbers the Governor is hoping for.

He says one of those parts is a raise for state workers, known as a CEC or a Change in Employee Compensation.

Gary Moncrief and Samantha Wright have a new podcast called “Legislative Breakdown.” They’ll pick apart the Idaho Legislature each week to find out how it affects YOU. Find “Legislative Breakdown” every Friday in iTunes, in the NPR One app or here.

Find Samantha Wright on Twitter @samwrightradio

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