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    • Budget timeframe: Annual

      Fiscal Year begins: July 1 

      Find the current state budget here.

      Find the legislative session calendar here.

      Find the current legislative leaders here.

       

      ID Gov. Otter

      Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter
      Office of the Governor
      PO Box 83720
      Boise, ID 83720-0034
      Phone: (208) 334-2100
      Fax: (208) 334-2175
      http://gov.idaho.gov/

       

       

       

      Jani Revier, Administrator
      Division of Financial Management
      P.O. Box 83720
      Boise, ID 83720-0032
      Phone (208) 334-3900
      Fax: (208) 334-2438
      http://www2.state.id.us/dfm/index.html
      jani.revier@dfm.idaho.gov

       

       

       

      Want a more robust, long-term look at your state's fiscal health, beyond the budget? There are two parts: Click here for the FY2011 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) compiled by the state government, and click here for information on the state's pension liabilities

       

      Idaho is required to pass a "balanced budget." Article 7, Section 11 of the 1890 Constitution, entitled "Expenditure Not Exceed Appropriation," states no appropriation shall be made that exceeds the total revenue, unless the legislature causes for that expenditure to be paid within the fiscal year. Even with this provision in place, Idaho reported budget deficits in two of the three years studied. As with most states, an exception is given for the need to suppress insurrection, defend the state or assist the nation in time of war. Idaho law forbids the carrying over of a deficit from one year to the next.

       

      Governmental funds include the General fund, special revenue funds, permanent funds and a capital projects fund. The state budgets on a cash basis. The State reports 5 major governmental funds: the General, Health and Welfare, Transportation, Public School Endowment, and Pooled Endowment Funds. Idaho budgets all of the major funds in addition to several non-major funds. From the information presented in the CAFR it seems as though most, if not all, of the governmental funds are budgeted. Although some information is missing from the Budgetary Comparison Schedules (beginning and ending balances), the information is presented efficiently (with inclusion of "Total" columns). [from the Institute for Truth in Accounting]

       

      Find the state's bond ratings here.

       

       

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    • K-12 Education :

    • HEADLINES

      Common-Core Tensions Cause Union Heartburn

      Education Week | by Andrew Ujifusa and Stephen Sawchuk | February 20, 2014

      From the early days of the Common Core State Standards, the two national teachers' unions have been among the initiative's biggest boosters, helping to make the case to the nation's 3.5 million teachers for the tougher expectations and putting significant money into the development of aligned curricula and tools.

      But in some union quarters, that support is starting to waver—the product of flawed implementation in states, concerns about the fast timeline for new testing tied to the standards, and, in at least one instance, fallout from internal state-union politics.

    • HEADLINES

      Education spending balloons, but students in some states get more money than others

      Washington Post - GovBeat | by Reid Wilson | January 27, 2014

      There is disagreement within education circles over whether spending more money per pupil leads to better results. But there is no disagreement that the amount of money states spend on education has erupted in recent years.

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    • Unions :

    • HEADLINES

      Some state pensions in dire straits

      USA Today | by Dustin Racioppi | March 21, 2014

      Not making payments to the pension funds, or only paying a portion of what an actuary has recommended, is largely what got these debt-burdened states to where they are today, experts say.

    • HEADLINES

      Common-Core Tensions Cause Union Heartburn

      Education Week | by Andrew Ujifusa and Stephen Sawchuk | February 20, 2014

      From the early days of the Common Core State Standards, the two national teachers' unions have been among the initiative's biggest boosters, helping to make the case to the nation's 3.5 million teachers for the tougher expectations and putting significant money into the development of aligned curricula and tools.

      But in some union quarters, that support is starting to waver—the product of flawed implementation in states, concerns about the fast timeline for new testing tied to the standards, and, in at least one instance, fallout from internal state-union politics.

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    • Pensions :

    • HEADLINES

      Pace of pension reform ebbs after 49 states change laws

      Hazel Bradford | by Pensions & Investments | April 15, 2014

      While the sense of urgency has diminished, reform attempts have become a legislative staple, as public retirement systems continue to grapple with unfunded liabilities and political pressure to change.

    • HEADLINES

      Pew's latest pension report understates unfunded liabilities, but still shows growing pension problem

      by Cory Eucalitto | April 4, 2014

      While Pew's report relies directly on state-reported numbers that understate the size of unfunded liabilities, it nonetheless shows tremendous growth in unfunded liabilities since 2008.

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    • Solutions

      How Reality-Based Budgeting Can Permanently Resolve State Budget Gaps

      State Budget Solutions | by Bob Williams | November 7, 2012

      State Budget Solutions recommends that state legislators take action in 2013 to resolve the serious state financial crises by changing their focus from inputs to outcomes by redesigning budgets from the ground up based on priorities and performance.

    • Solutions

      How to Prevent Future Pension Crises

      by Cory Eucalitto | November 1, 2012

      The time for state and local governments to offer defined contribution retirement plans that protect both taxpayer dollars and public employee retirement security is now.

    • Solutions

      State Lawmaker’s Guide to Evaluating Medicaid Expansion Projections

      The Heritage Foundation | by Edmund F. Haislmaier and Drew Gonshorowski | October 17, 2012

      Supporters of Obamacare claim that expanding Medicaid will entail little to no cost to state governments, since the federal government will fund the vast majority of the additional costs. Indeed, some analyses project states achieving savings from adopting the expansion. However, state lawmakers should be wary of accepting such analyses at face value.

    • Solutions

      Medicaid Is Broken—Let the States Fix It

      The Wall Street Journal | by Paul Howard and Russell Sykes | October 15, 2012

      Block-granting Medicaid is the best way to deliver better, cost-effective care to the most vulnerable Americans.

    • Solutions

      The Case for Reform: Prisons

      Right on Crime | August 1, 2012

      Prisons are supremely important, but they are also a supremely expensive government program, and thus prison systems must be held to the highest standards of accountability.