Eye On Boise

FRIDAY, FEB. 5, 2016

From left, Betsy Russell, Jim Weatherby, Bill Dentzer, and co-hosts Aaron Kunz and Melissa Davlin on Friday's "Idaho Reports" on Idaho Public TV (Idaho Public TV / Ali Al Saedi)

The week that was... 

Tonight’s “Idaho Reports” rounds up the happenings of the fourth week of this year’s legislative session, from Medicaid expansion to tax cuts. Melissa Davlin interviews House Health & Welfare Chairman Fred Wood, R-Burley, state Health & Welfare Director Dick Armstrong, and Boise emergency room physician...

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THURSDAY, FEB. 4, 2016






Senate Minority Leader Michelle Stennett, left, and House Minority Leader John Rusche, D-Lewiston, talk about legislative Democrats' agenda on Thursday (Betsy Z. Russell)

Dems outline agenda, call for leadership 

House and Senate Democrats today unveiled a legislative agenda they’re calling the “Creating Opportunity Plan,” from minimum wage increases to expanding Medicaid to creating an inspector general’s office to investigate waste, fraud and abuse in government. “We think that there’s a dearth of leadership here...

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WEDNESDAY, FEB. 3, 2016


Of name-changing, education and grammar... 

Idaho’s Professional-Technical Education, or PTE, program is changing its name to Career-Technical Education, or CTE; that’s what it’s called nationally, and legislation sponsored by the state Board of Education to make the change has cleared the Senate with just one dissenting vote and is pending...

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House passes tax-cut bill on 53-16 vote 

The House has voted 53-16 in favor of HB 380, the tax-cut bill. Thirteen Democrats and three Republicans opposed it; one Democrat, Rep. Mark Nye, D-Pocatello, and 52 Republicans voted in favor. The Republicans voting “no” were Reps. Bell, Gibbs and Romrell. Rep. Dan Rudolph,...

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House begins debate on tax-cut bill

The House is now debating HB 380, the tax-cut bill, which would cut corporate and individual income tax rates by a tenth of a percentage point and raise the grocery tax credit by $10. House Majority Leader Mike Moyle, R-Star, the bill’s sponsor, said Idaho’s...

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Rep. Pete Nielsen and others enjoy pie at the annual "Pie Day" in the Capitol (Betsy Z. Russell)

It's 'Pie Day' in the Capitol today... 

It’s “Pie Day” in the Idaho Capitol, the annual day each year when the Idaho Coalition of Home Educators brings in an array of homemade pies, and home-schooled students show off displays on what they’re learning. The displays today are in the first, second and...

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