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FRIDAY, MARCH 6, 2015




THURSDAY, MARCH 5, 2015


IACI places LaBeau on leave after profanity-laden email 

Here’s a news item from the Associated Press: BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The head of Idaho's pro-business lobby has been placed on temporary leave after sending a profanity-laden email criticizing a state senator and suggesting the group introduce retaliation legislation. The Idaho Statesman (http://bit.ly/1B8ME89) reports...

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Bill would boost school counseling programs 

Here’s a news item from the Associated Press: BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A House panel is considering a plan to spend $2.5 million to support school counselors and lay out specific guidelines for their job descriptions. The House Education Committee introduced the bill Thursday. Marilyn...

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About those numbers in the career ladder bill...

The new teacher “career ladder” bill proposed by Gov. Butch Otter, introduced yesterday in the House Education Committee, is being variously described as a $125 million plan and a $214 million plan; it’s a $125.6 million plan. Here’s why: The current teacher pay system in...

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WEDNESDAY, MARCH 4, 2015

JFAC approves boost for ag research

The University of Idaho's Agricultural Research and Extension Service will see a $2.3 million increase in state support next year, reports Bill Spence of the Lewiston Tribune, including $200,000 it didn't even request. The Legislature's joint budget committee unanimously approved a $28.7 million fiscal 2016...

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Idaho Day observance gets under way in the Idaho House chamber on Wednesday morning (Betsy Russell)

First 'Idaho Day' festivities kick off today... 

Today’s “Idaho Day” festivities will include commemorations in both the House and Senate chambers this morning, the official state celebration starting shortly after noon in the Lincoln Auditorium, and observances at schools and elsewhere around the state; there’s more info here. The House is planning...

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Road funding bills chip away at shortfall in lieu of broad plan 

Idaho House members are slowly chipping away at addressing the state's transportation funding shortfall, the AP reports, providing the only solution thus far this session as legislative leaders struggle to gather support for a comprehensive transportation bill. House committees have considered proposals that would provide...

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Divided votes in JFAC on funding for courts...

The Joint Finance-Appropriations Committee had two divided votes on the budget for the Judicial Branch this morning, finally approving a motion from Rep. Marc Gibbs, R-Grace, that Gibbs described as the “nuclear option,” on a 15-5 vote. While funding two new magistrate judges in Kootenai...

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TUESDAY, MARCH 3, 2015



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