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Eye On Boise archive for Jan. 1, 2011

THURSDAY, DEC. 1, 2011



Why some states grow faster than others...

Keith Phillips, senior economist and policy adviser for the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, is discussing "Why some states grow faster than others," noting that regional differences have evened out considerably since the volatile days of the 1980s. The reasons for the differences, he said,...

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Associated Taxpayers of Idaho kicks off its 65th annual conference Thursday morning in Boise, a traditional run-up to the Idaho legislative session (Betsy Russell)

Big crowd at ATI conference today...

There's a big crowd already this morning for the Associated Taxpayers of Idaho annual conference, and more are filing in. First up this morning is a federal tax policy update from economist Mark Robyn of the Tax Foundation in Washington, D.C., followed by a state...

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WEDNESDAY, NOV. 30, 2011



Boise State University President Bob Kustra testifies to a joint legislative committee on Wednesday about funding equity among Idaho universities (Betsy Russell)

Views of funding equity vary by campus...

Representatives of Idaho universities were given an opportunity to respond to the new higher ed funding equity report, and while all praised the work that went into the report, each had a different perspective on the funding equity issue; click below for a full report...

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Panel tells UI changes needed to protect student safety

University of Idaho administrators should develop better ways to handle concerns about disturbing or disruptive behavior by faculty members, an independent panel is recommending, to keep students and employees safe. AP reporter John Miller reports that the panel, headed by former Idaho Supreme Court Justice...

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Idaho Legislature's Joint Legislative Oversight Committee meets Wednesday to examine higher education funding equity issues (Betsy Russell)

Lawmakers examine higher ed funding equity...

The Joint Legislative Oversight Committee is meeting this afternoon, and has just received a report from the state Office of Performance Evaluations on equity in higher education funding, long a thorny issue as state colleges and universities have jockeyed for scarce state funds. "It's an...

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Boise joins wave with smoking ban... 

The Boise City Council last night enacted a far-reaching anti-smoking ordinance, banning smoking in all bars in the city, at most outdoor patio dining areas, near bus stops or line-ups, in public parks and within 20 feet of the city's Greenbelt path. Idaho already bans...

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TUESDAY, NOV. 29, 2011

Idaho names new state forester

David Groeschl (it rhymes with special) has been named Idaho's state forester by state Department of Lands Director Tom Schultz. Groeschl, who's been the acting state forester since July, joined IDL in 2008 as the forestry and fire division administrator; prior to that, he was...

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MONDAY, NOV. 28, 2011





DEQ cuts amount to quarter of its budget...

Idaho's Department of Environmental Quality has lost a quarter of its budget to cuts since the recession began, AP reporter John Miller reports, and it's part of a national trend that's seeing conservation programs and environmental regulations pared back significantly as states grapple with budget...

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