Luna proposes largest budget increase yet

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Updated: 9/03 8:07 am

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Luna is proposing a 6.9 percent budget increase to Idaho's public school funding for 2015. Luna says the budget calls for the largest spending increase he's ever proposed in his nearly eight-year tenure.

Luna unveiled his budget Tuesday to Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter and legislative leadership. However, because Luna isn't seeking a third-term, it'll be the winner of the November election who will be tasked with selling the $94 million budget increase to lawmakers during the next legislative session.

The new spending recommendations outline a $1.46 billion education budget which includes adding more than $31 million for teacher salaries and benefits and $9 million for classroom technology.

The budget is now being reviewed by stakeholders.


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