ID. Gov. instructs higher education institutions to rank importance of programs

LEWISTON, ID - The Idaho State Board of Education is ordering four schools to prioritize their programs.

Governor Butch Otter has mandated "zero-based budgeting." This goes for LCSC, the University of Idaho, Idaho State University, and Boise State. The order requires the schools to rank the importance of each of their programs. This - in preparation for a tight future budget.

"It's simply a wise use of scarce tax dollars, because what this budgeted model is predicated upon is asking for one simple question, and that question is why," said Governor Butch Otter Press Secretary, Jon Hanian.

The programs that don't make the "Must Have's" list could suffer cutbacks. The schools have until next August to finish the list.