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Eye On Boise archive for Jan. 1, 2013

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FRIDAY, JAN. 11, 2013

From left, Betsy Russell, Jim Weatherby, Emilie Ritter Saunders, Aaron Kunz and host Greg Hahn on Idaho Public TV's "Idaho Reports" program on Friday. (IPTV / Kevin Rank)

The week that was...

On tonight’s “Idaho Reports” program on Idaho Public Television, I join Jim Weatherby, Emilie Ritter Saunders, Aaron Kunz and host Greg Hahn to discuss the week’s developments in the Legislature. Plus, Greg reports on efforts to head off Idaho’s looming doctor shortage; interviews House and...

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Otter names Jackson Tax Commission chair

Gov. Butch Otter today named Rich Jackson chairman of the Idaho State Tax Commission, replacing David Langhorst, who will continue to serve on the commission. Langhorst is a Democrat; Jackson a Republican. “David has done a great job of calming the waters, restoring public trust...

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Snowman on state Capitol grounds Friday (Betsy Russell)

Now gracing Statehouse grounds: Snowman

As Idaho lawmakers head back to their districts for the weekend, some face perilous driving conditions across the state, bad enough that a few are deciding to spend the weekend in Boise. Meanwhile, enough snow has fallen around the state Capitol to allow construction of...

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Bogus opens Superior for night skiing

Now here's some news: Bogus Basin has announced that having received more than 9 inches of snow over the last few days, it now has enough to open the No. 3 Superior chair for night skiing. That high-speed chairlift, on the back side of the...

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THURSDAY, JAN. 10, 2013

School lawsuit hearing reset to March

Here's a news item from the Associated Press: BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A pre-trial hearing on a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of fees public schools charge for sports and other activities has been reset. On Thursday, 4th District Judge Lynn Norton scheduled a hearing for...

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Lawmakers offer Otter an olive branch...

This year’s Economic Outlook & Revenue Assessment Committee process had a much different dynamic than recent years, in which lawmakers have sharply undercut the governor’s economic forecast, forcing much larger budget cuts. Instead, this year brought an extension by legislative leaders of an olive branch...

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Lawmakers debate state revenue outlook...

“What my forecast reflects is a recovering economy,” Gov. Butch Otter’s economist, Derek Santos, told lawmakers on the joint revenue committee. “Gradually speeding up – now nothing extraordinary, but growth nonetheless, and acceleration nonetheless.” After a series of questions, Rep. Grant Burgoyne, D-Boise, moved to...

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