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House Bill 731 – Department of Agriculture, H592 Trailer, Appropriations FY25

House Bill 731 – Department of Agriculture, H592 Trailer, Appropriations FY25

Niklas Kleinworth
March 22, 2024

The Idaho Spending Index serves to provide a fiscally conservative perspective on state budgeting while providing an unbiased measurement of how Idaho lawmakers apply these values to their voting behavior on appropriations bills. Each bill is analyzed within the context of the metrics below. They receive one (+1) point for each metric that is satisfied by freedom-focused policymaking and lose one (-1) point for each instance in which the inverse is true. The sum of these points composes the score for the bill.

Analyst: Niklas Kleinworth

Rating: 0

Bill Description: House Bill 731 appropriates $225,000 as a trailer to the Department of Agriculture to accommodate policy changes made by House Bill 592.

Does this budget incur any wasteful spending among discretionary funds, including new line items? Conversely, does this budget contain any provisions that serve to reduce spending where possible (i.e. base reductions, debt reconciliation, etc.)? 

This legislation appropriates funds to support policy changes made under House Bill 592. This legislation would provide additional payouts to livestock owners and producers that have lost livestock. This legislation would provide $75,000 in operating expenditures and $150,000 in trustee and benefit payments.

The total cost of this new program is consistent with the fiscal note accompanying HB 592.


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