It may sound like a lawyer-joke punchline, but it’s not. The University of Idaho says the state isn’t producing enough lawyers — imposing a “hidden tax” on Idahoans who need legal help.
Utah law could be a model for Idaho if Idaho lawmakers decides to join the battle against the federal government to acquire land for state control and profit.
Education committees will hold a joint session to listen to public testimony. Each speaker will have three minutes. The House Ed Committee will consider a bill that protects cursive handwriting. In other news, students enjoyed MLK Day events Monday at the Statehouse.
Boise State University president Bob Kustra made his budget request to lawmakers on Monday. Idaho State University president Arthur Vailas asked lawmakers to fund five additional Idaho seats at the University of Washington’s medical school. More education budget hearings continue this week.
Idaho budget writers will spend this week hearing budget requests for public schools and higher education. Gov. Butch Otter has already asked lawmakers to increase public school spending next year. The budget request hearing for K-12 public schools is Thursday.
Idaho’s Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Luna presents his ideas for funding K-12 education at 8 a.m. on Thursday morning before the Joint Finance-Appropriations Committee members.
House Education Committee members were told the details of the fiscal impacted caused by the repeal of the Students Come First laws. They also learned about other education budget details.