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ID schools won't face 2010 cuts in new budget plan

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BOISE, Idaho. - Idaho public education wouldn't have to cut its budget this year but faces $86 million less in 2011, under a likely budget scenario introduced by budget leaders.
     
Sen. Dean Cameron and Rep. Maxine Bell, Republicans from southern Idaho and chairs of the Joint Finance-Appropriations Committee, laid out a $178 million cut to the original 2010 budget on Thursday morning.
     
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