LOWER 2013 REVENUE TARGET MAY FORCE LAWMAKERS TO CHOOSE FROM OTTER’S BUDGET INITIATIVES

Dustin Hurst repoerts on Tuesday, members of the Economic Outlook and Revenue Assessment Committed projected Idaho would take in $2.667 billion in fiscal year 2013, a number $33 million less than the figure projected by Gov. Butch Otter.

That means that lawmakers may be forced to choose which Otter-backed initiatives to pursue next year. In his budget for 2013, Otter laid out plans for $41 million in bonuses for state workers, $60 million for reserve accounts, $45 million in unspecified tax cuts and more money for public schools and higher education.

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