Gov. Otter seeks 2.9% hike in public education funding

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Idaho Gov. Butch Otter delivered his 2014 State of the State address before the Legislature Monday.

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by John Miller / Associated Press

KTVB.COM

Posted on January 6, 2014 at 2:22 PM

Updated Wednesday, Jan 22 at 12:43 PM

BOISE -- Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter billed Monday's State of the State speech -- and his proposed 2.9 percent boost for public education for fiscal year 2015 -- as an embarkation point on a five-year journey to boost Idaho's schools.

Immediately after the half-hour address, however, Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Luna criticized the governor's plan, arguing it results in a teacher pay cut.

Luna, like Otter a Republican facing re-election, wants at least $21 million more injected into the governor's $1.34 billion public education budget.

During his speech to kick off the 2014 Legislature, Otter conceded to lawmakers in the House his $1.34 billion K-12 budget package wouldn't satisfy everybody.

But he says the proposal fulfills an important goal -- a spending plan that's "measured, manageable and within our means."

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