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Idaho’s state agencies are asking for 6.4 percent more in general fund spending in 2020-2021 than they were budgeted this year, writes Post Register reporter Nathan Brown. The deadline for state agencies to turn in their budget requests was Friday. Overall, agencies are asking for $4,159,855,400 in general fund dollars, a $249,501,000 increase over this year’s budget.

State fiscal years run from July 1 to June 30, and the Legislature sets the budgets for the coming year during each year’s legislative session. A financial report that came out in August said Idaho’s estimated revenue in the 2020, or current, fiscal year would be $96 million less than the numbers lawmakers used to set this year’s budget, cutting the state’s surplus from $174 million to $51 million.

As a result, Gov. Brad Little asked state agencies to identify cuts to make to their base budgets and restrict supplemental spending requests for next year to emergency requests only.

“For comparison, the agency request is down substantially from the previous year,” Division of Financial Management Administrator Alex Adams said in an email. “In (fiscal year) 2020, the agency request was $376,040,500 — or 10.3 percent — above the (fiscal year 2019) appropriation.”

The agency budget requests are just a starting point, Brown reports; you can read Brown's full story here at postregister.com.

Betsy Z. Russell is the Boise bureau chief and state capitol reporter for the Idaho Press and Adams Publishing Group. Follow her on Twitter at @BetsyZRussell.

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