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Idaho Lieutenant Governor McGeachin will end the year with a budget deficit

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BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Republican Lt. Governor Janice McGeachin, who is running for governor, has a $2,000 budget shortfall in her office that will need to be taken from next year’s appropriations.

Documents obtained by The Associated Press show the state comptroller’s office plans to withhold McGeachin’s salary this fiscal year, which ends June 30, and then offset that salary next year.

That plan depends, according to a letter Friday from the state comptroller’s office to Alex Adams, administrator of Idaho’s financial management division, on McGeachin exercising fiscal responsibility.

The letter described McGeachin’s mismanagement of his budget as leading to the shortfall.

Adams sent the state comptroller’s letter to McGeachin on Monday. In a letter to McGeachin last week, Adams called the situation “unprecedented.”

McGeachin’s office did not immediately respond to a message from The Associated Press.

The lieutenant governor’s salary is set by law, which limits the ability of state officials to reduce McGeachin’s salary.

McGeachin will not be lieutenant governor next year. Any deficit she left would become the responsibility of the next lieutenant governor.

McGeachin hired a private attorney in a wasted effort to avoid leaking public records and was ordered to pay $29,000 in legal fees.

Earlier this year, lawmakers denied McGeachin’s request for money to cover those costs.