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Idaho House adjourns without Medicaid waiver

Posted at 2:07 PM, Mar 25, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-25 16:07:15-04
BOISE, Idaho (AP) -- The Idaho House closed out the 2016 legislative session Friday, boasting another year of large funding increases for Idaho's public schools while not passing a leadership-backed tax cut proposal or an option to expand Medicaid.
 
The session ended after a modest 75 days. The Legislature tends to run short in election years, but this year still wasn't as quick as in 2004 when it lasted 69 days.
 
The House adjourned just one day after Senate lawmakers concluded their business late Thursday.
 
House Speaker Scott Bedke says this year was a workhorse session and praised lawmakers' work on education funding.
 
Lawmakers agreed to fund a 7.4 percent increase to the education budget, adding $9.1 million for a literacy initiative designed to support students struggling with reading proficiency.