This Department of Juvenile Corrections complied with both the FY20 1% general fund reduction and the FY21 2% reduction, requested by the governor. This led to an overall decrease in both general fund as welll as dedicated fund spending from FY20 to FY21 with no budget gimmicks. Overall, the department’s requested appropriation is 1.2% lower in FY21 than FY20, without a large removal of one time expenditures. This department generally performed well against its targeted performance metrics as reported in its Performance Report (community protection, educational achievement, etc).
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The Idaho Spending Index examines appropriation bills on several fronts to add important context to lawmakers’ discussions as the spending bills are considered on the House and Senate floors. Among the issues we look at in drawing a conclusion about a budget:
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? Does the budget examine existing spending 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 the addition of 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 sincerely objectionable or sincerely supportable.
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