House Bill 358 — Public School Central Services Appropriation

House Bill 358 — Public School Central Services Appropriation

by
Fred Birnbaum
April 6, 2021
Fred Birnbaum
April 6, 2021

The Idaho Spending Index examines appropriation bills on several fronts to add some important context to lawmakers’ discussions as the spending bills are considered on the House and Senate floors. As we look at the budget, we consider the following issues:

Does the agency requesting these funds serve a proper role of government? Has wasteful or duplicative spending been identified within the agency, and if so, has that spending been eliminated or corrected? Have budget-writers reviewed existing outlays to look for opportunities to contain spending, e.g., through a base reduction? If there is a maintenance budget, is that maintenance budget appropriate? Are the line items appropriate in type and size, and are they absolutely necessary for serving the public? Does the budget contemplate adding new employees or programs? Does the appropriation increase dependency on the federal government?

Our analysis is intended to provide lawmakers and their constituents with a frame of reference for conservative budgeting, by summarizing whether appropriation measures contain items that are truly  objectionable or legitimate and worthy of support.


Bill Description: FY22 Appropriation for Public School Central Services

Rating: -1

The Central Services budget contains a $2.5 million line item for professional development. Intent language needs to be added to prohibit the use of these dollars for training and development in any social justice related disciplines.

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