2021 Idaho Legislature
As lawmakers withdrew from Idaho’s capital city Thursday — at least temporarily — the fate of a much-debated $6 million early education grant remained in question.
The record-setting 2021 legislative session pitted the House against the Senate, conservative Republicans against moderates, and lawmakers against Gov. Brad Little. Things may get worse before they get better; the 2022 session kicks off an election year.
Nearly four months after the start of the 2021 legislative session, the Statehouse K-12 and higher education budget debates effectively came to a conclusion Tuesday.
The $383 million in cuts were pushed by Statehouse Republicans, who say lower taxes are key to the state’s economic competitiveness.
Monday’s House votes represent one key milestone on the path to adjourning the 2021 legislative session, the third-longest session in state history. Monday was Day 113 for this year’s session, five days shy of the record, set in 2003.
The possible shutdown is a function of timing, and when the session ends. It could affect paychecks for some 20,000 state employees, and raises questions about whether first responders can stay on the job, Clark Corbin of the Idaho Capital Sun reported Thursday.