BOISE, Idaho (AP) -- Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter has given state agency directors until the end of next week to come up with plans to cut millions from their fiscal year 2010 spending as tax revenue continues to lag expectations.
Otter is meeting with Republican leaders Friday afternoon to discuss his austerity aims amid continued gloomy economic forecasts. He'll meet with minority Democrats next week.
By Friday, agencies that receive general fund money must submit their plans for how trim their budgets, including the Department of Correction, the Department of Education and the Department of Health and Welfare, which have already been forced to make do with less money since holdbacks began in 2008.
The state said earlier this month that general fund revenue is on track to leave a $151 million budget gap in the $2.5 billion fiscal year 2010 spending plan approved by lawmakers earlier this year.