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2015 Legislature Begins

The 2015 Idaho Legislative Session is in full swing again. Governor Otter’s “State of the State” address was earlier this week, highlighting the topics of education, the economy and transportation. On a personal note, I am serving on the Finance Committee as well as the Education Committee of which I am Chairman. The Governor proposes a $101 million increase in education spending over our current fiscal year, which is a 7.4 percent increase. Overall, his budget expects 5.5 percent revenue growth, which is a 5.2 percent increase from last year.
Although my focus of responsibilities will be spent heavily on the economy and education, other topics of importance, include, but are not limited to, funding transportation projects and water issues. Please feel free to email me at Your questions, comments, and suggestions are important to me. Also, please take advantage of legislative updates and information, much of which is accessible through both live streaming and media archives at

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