JFAC Passes Soil and Water Commission Budget; Includes $37,900 for NRCS Office Space

Earlier this morning, the Join Finance-Appropriations Committee (JFAC) took up the Idaho Soil and Water Conservation Commission budget. Debate began at 8:40am, and Representative Marv Hagedorn (R-District 20) carried the budget.

Representative Hagedorn’s motion included $18,500 for a change in employee compensation, $100,900 from RCRDP loan interest to enhance the program, $60,000 in one-time federal funds for the technical assistance grant, $37,900 for NRCS office space charges, and $20,000 in one-time spending for technical assistance cost recovery.

Chairman Dean Cameron allowed Representative Hagedorn to speak further on the motion. “It makes sense to keep our field staff co-located with the NRCS staff whenever possible, and this helps the Commission to pay its share of those costs,” said Hagedorn.

Senator Bert Brackett (R-District 23) spoke on the motion, and expressed his disappointment for the district match not being fully funded, and hoped it would be in future budgets. Representative Shirley Ringo (D-District 6) agreed with Brackett’s comments, and said JFAC should try and include the full two-to-one match in future budgets.

Chairman Cameron then called for the vote, and the motion passed unanimously (20-0-0). It will move to the floor with a “do-pass” recommendation.

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