Freezing rain kept Idaho Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Luna on the road for over an hour from his home in Nampa Thursday, making him late for his 8:00 a.m. appearance at the Joint Finance-Appropriations Committee.
"The Superintendent is on his way," said Senate Finance Committee Chairman Dean Cameron, R-Rupert, said at the top of the hour. "He indicates he's been on the road for over an hour. Hopefully, he'll be here in a few minutes."
Luna arrived at 8:05 a.m., and the meeting convened a minute later.
"We did struggle with the weather today, we've been on the road for over an hour and half from Nampa," said Luna, recognizing his wife, Cindy, who joined him at the hearing.
Noting widepread school closures in the Treasure Valley, Luna joked about hoping to hear on the car radio that his JFAC presentation had been postponed.
"A lot has occurred since I appeared before you a year ago," Luna said near the start, without specifically mentioning that the signature initiative of his six years in office, the "Students Come First" reform, was rejected by voters in November.
Check back later at IdahoStatesman.com for a full report on Luna's budget request for K-12 schools, which typically accounts for almost half of the state's general fund budget.