Quick compare of Idaho, Washington final budgets
The legislative sessions in Washington and Idaho have wrapped up with polar opposite decisions regarding government spending.
In Idaho, lawmakers adjourned on April 6th with a general fund budget of $5.1 billion. That is a nearly 8% increase from last year's $4.6 billion budget and an 83% increase in the past decade.
In Washington, lawmakers passed a nearly 9% increase in state spending - finishing with a final product of nearly $70 billion. Over the past decade, the Washington State budget has increased 124%.
Some of the differences can be attributed to population, as Washington is the larger state. But on a per-capita (or per person basis), Washington is spending a boatload more. In fact, almost four times as much.
More analysis in the coming days.