BOISE -- Idaho's dueling legislative chambers remain at odds over competing priorities that include tax cuts, teacher salaries and rainy-day savings, with key bills bottled up in committees while behind-the-scenes talks linger on.
Given the divide that separates the chambers, odds are the session won't end until March 30, not Friday, as some hoped.
Some problems include a Senate-passed bill to restore teacher pay funding that is languishing in a House committee, and a House-passed, $35 million tax cut that's bottled up in the Senate. And then there's Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter's desire to fill rainy day accounts with $60 million.
Lawmakers must resolve these priorities before the 2012 Legislature is history.
Add to this an ethics investigation into Sen. Monty Pearce's alleged conflict of interest over oil and natural gas bills.