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Eye On Boise archive for Feb. 17, 2009

TUESDAY, FEB. 17, 2009

Tue., Feb. 17, 2009, 5:18 p.m.

'Desperate' Sandpoint pleads for its 'fair share'

The Sandpoint area is in "desperate" economic straits, and tourism businesses there aren't getting their fair share of state tourism grants, the local chamber head, Amy Little, told state lawmakers today. She and Sen. Shawn Keough, R-Sandpoint, proposed legislation to give counties a share of...

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Tue., Feb. 17, 2009, 2:22 p.m.

Otter: Study stimulus 'til March 19 

Gov. Butch Otter has issued an executive order creating a "stimulus executive committee" to study the federal economic stimulus and make recommendations within 30 days on how Idaho should spend the money. That could mean a considerably longer legislative session, as lawmakers must set a...

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Tue., Feb. 17, 2009, 1:15 p.m.

'Prolonging the session...' 

Gov. Butch Otter will take his time figuring out what Idaho's share of the federal stimulus will be, AP reporter John Miller reports - a move that could delay budget-setting for next year and likely prolong the 2009 legislative session. Click below to read Miller's...

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U.S. Sen. Mike Crapo addresses the Idaho Senate on Tuesday. He told lawmakers to be "very careful" with federal stimulus dollars. (Betsy Russell / The Spokesman-Review)

Tue., Feb. 17, 2009, 11:20 a.m.

Crapo: 'Be very careful'

Idaho's senior U.S. Senator, Mike Crapo, addressed the Senate and House today, and was held up for about 10 minutes in the Senate as that chamber wrapped up a hot debate on sewage rules. "I think I just interrupted a debate on septic tanks," Crapo...

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Sen. Joyce Broadsword, R-Sagle, argues in the Senate for overturning new septic system rules adopted by the state DEQ and first proposed by the Panhandle Health District. She prevailed on a 27-7 vote and the measure moved to the House. (Betsy Russell / The Spokesman-Review)

Tue., Feb. 17, 2009, 10:54 a.m.

Rejection of septic rules clears Senate, 27-7 

It was quite a debate for a resolution rejecting an agency rule, but the Senate has voted 27-7 to reject a Department of Environmental Quality rule, approved 6-1 by that agency's board, to stiffen requirements for new septic systems to protect water quality. You can...

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State Superintendent of Schools Tom Luna tries to convince other members of the state Land Board that if there's a shortfall for public schools next year, additional money should be taken from the state endowment fund. But Luna said he's withdrawing his request for now, because federal economic stimulus money will mean Idaho won't have to cut schools next year. (Betsy Russell / The Spokesman-Review)

Tue., Feb. 17, 2009, 9:15 a.m.

Luna: 'A good thing for education' 

State Schools Supt. Tom Luna was prepared to go to the mat with his fellow state Land Board members this morning to try to get an additional one-time, $30 million payout from the state endowment to ease Idaho schools through budget cuts next year, but...

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Tue., Feb. 17, 2009, 7:27 a.m.

'Recession hit Idaho harder and faster'

State Labor Director Roger Madsen told lawmakers this morning, “The recession hit Idaho harder and faster” than other states. “After posting the lowest unemployment rate in the nation in 2007 … no state has seen as large a percentage increase in its unemployment rate as...

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Tue., Feb. 17, 2009, 6:47 a.m.

Read all about it...

Here’s a link to my full story in today’s Spokesman-Review on the unanimous introduction yesterday of the new day-care licensing bill – the fifth straight year one has been proposed – and here’s a link to my full story on the reception in Rev &...

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