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Over-warm lawmakers wrap up day-long meeting

The legislative task force looking for funding for state parks and ISP has wrapped up its meeting for the day and tentatively set its next meeting for Aug. 11; you can read my full story here at Rep. Raul Labrador, R-Eagle, warned, "Right now it seems like the only solution is a tax increase, and I suspect that's not going to pass in the House. So I would like to see us be more broad." Sen. Dean Cameron, R-Rupert, responded, "It does have to pass both the House and the Senate. That's partly why we're into this pickle." Among the agenda items for the next meeting: A report from the state Tax Commission. The panel will hold its next meeting at the Idaho Supreme Court's basement meeting room - because today's meeting quickly became a roast-fest in Boise's 90-plus summer temperatures. The Capitol Annex meeting room has window air conditioners, but the units are too noisy to run during meetings, and were operated only during breaks. Additional meetings are likely to follow in September and October.

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