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Bickering over Idaho ed budget last 2013 hurdle

By The Associated Press
Published On: Mar 24 2013 07:45:57 AM MDT
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BOISE, Idaho -

The state-based insurance exchange is now behind the Idaho Legislature and an upcoming Senate vote on cutting business taxes by $20 million looks to be a lot less disputed than once expected.
    
As lawmakers prepare to adjourn next Friday, however, they've got a couple pending issues that could provide some fireworks.
    
The biggest?
    
The 2014 public education budget, a $1.3 billion behemoth.
    
The House passed it 52-16 Friday, over objections from lawmakers who think the budget committee overstepped its role and strayed into the realm of policy making.
    
Sen. Dean Mortimer, an Idaho Falls Republican, says he and other opponents of the school spending plan for next year are now mulling ways to change or potentially derail it.
    
Mortimer says he thinks the K-12 budget is "still an open issue."