January 7, 2010

2010 Legislative Preview

Host Marcia Franklin takes a look at the upcoming legislative session with three political watchers: Betsy Russell of the Spokesman-Review, Thanh Tan of Idaho Public Television and Gary Moncrief, Ph.D., a political scientist at Boise State University.

In August, 2009, Idaho was facing an estimated $150 million shortfall. After a $98 million holdback and the tapping of the "rainy day fund," the state still has a $39 million shortfall, and tax revenues have fallen to 2006 levels. Lawmakers will have to make additional cuts, raise taxes or tap budget reserves again.

Franklin's guests will discuss the various options, as well as what an election year may mean in terms of "behind the scenes" maneuvering. They will also talk about the restored Capitol building, and preview changes in the upcoming season of Idaho Reports, Idaho's only statewide legislative program.