Governor's Budget Cut by Only 1.9 Percent

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Idaho's budget writers have begun what is expected to be a long, controversial process to craft a spending plan for fiscal year 2012. First up this morning was the officer of the governor.

And while most legislators have talked about sweeping cuts to education and Health and Welfare, the Joint Finance-Appropriations Committee opted to only slice 1.9 percent in total funds for Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter's office.

"We are starting to impact the ability for us to provide good government," said Republican Sen. Dean Cameron, JFAC co-chairman.

The bottom line? JFAC cut approximately $18,700 from the governor's office. Also on today's agenda are reviews of the budgets for the state treasurer's office and the office of the attorney general.