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A Message from Bob

Dear Friend,

As the 2014 legislative session winds down, I want to share some of the issues we dealt with this year. The length of the session was 74 days. That will make it one of the shortest sessions of my five terms over the last 10 years. It was my pleasure to serve and represent you on the Education, Transportation and Agricultural Committees.

The economy continues to grow gradually and our optimism for Idaho’s future grows as well. This has allowed the legislature to restore funding in some areas where cuts were made to accommodate lower revenues during the recession, while not losing sight of the efficiencies found during tough times. This year the state budget is just over $2.9 billion, which is about a 5% increase in spending over last year. Included in that is a 5% increase in spending for K- 12 and just over 6% increase for higher education. It also included a 2% increase in pay for state employees who have not had a pay raise in several years. Of that pay 1% is permanent and 1% is a one-time bonus.

Here are a few additional issues that arose during this session...
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Bob Nonini

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