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Eye On Boise archive for Jan. 1, 2016

MONDAY, JAN. 11, 2016

Water funds proposed 

On water issues, Gov. Butch Otter is calling for $12 million in funding for aquifer recharge next year - $10 million in a one-time transfer, plus $2 million a year in ongoing funding. “Mr. Speaker, Senator Bair and Chairman Chase of the Idaho Water Resource...

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Otter calls for 5 more WWAMI seats 

“I’m recommending that in the coming year we follow through on our plan for providing more physician training to meet Idaho’s needs,” Gov. Butch Otter told lawmakers today. “Adding five more seats to our medical school partnership with the University of Washington will reach the...

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Idaho Gov. Butch Otter is applauded by legislative leaders during his State of the State message to lawmakers on Monday, Jan. 11, 2016 (AP / Otto Kitsinger)

Governor wants boost in STEM ed programs

Gov. Butch Otter is calling for a $12 million investment in STEM education next year, science, technology, engineering and math. That includes $10 million in one-time funds for starting up new STEM programs, plus a $2 million ongoing appropriation for operating the state’s new STEM...

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Continuing the task force education plan

Among Gov. Butch Otter’s education proposals that he’s highlighting in his State of the State message today: $38.9 million for the next phase in the “career ladder” that lawmakers started on last year, in a move to increase teacher pay; $5 million for college and...

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Otter focuses on education

Gov. Butch Otter is focusing on education, as he gives his State of the State message to a joint session of the Legislature today. “We are entrusted with the singular constitutional responsibility of providing for a ‘general, uniform and thorough system of public, free common...

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House speaker's desk prior to the convening of this year's legislative session, on Monday, Jan. 11, 2016 (Betsy Z. Russell)

State of the State on tap...

Gov. Butch Otter will give his State of the State and budget address to a joint session of the Idaho Legislature starting at 1 p.m. today to lay out his agenda for the legislative session, speaking in the House chambers. I'll be live-blogging; check back...

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Idaho GOP dumps party-platform 'loyalty oath' rule 

The Idaho Republican Party’s central committee, at its winter meeting over the weekend, voted to do away with a 2011 party rule that required all candidates to vow compliance with every plank of the party platform, and required the party chairman to monitor that compliance...

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SUNDAY, JAN. 10, 2016

View from Bogus Basin on Sunday, Jan. 10, 2016 (Betsy Z. Russell)

Of legislative sessions and civility...

During the Idaho legislative session, one thing keeps me sane: Skiing on the weekends up at Bogus Basin. So what better way to prepare for the upcoming State of the State than a weekend on the slopes? There was a Saturday of superb conditions, on-trail...

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FRIDAY, JAN. 8, 2016

From left, Betsy Russell, Jim Weatherby, Bill Spence, and co-hosts Aaron Kunz and Melissa Davlin on Friday's "Idaho Reports" on Idaho Public TV. (Idaho PTV)

The week that was...

Tonight’s “Idaho Reports” tackles public land management and the disputes that that led to the armed takeover of a federal wildlife refuge in Oregon, in a discussion featuring co-host Melissa Davlin, Rebecca Boone of the Associated Press, Frankie Barnhill of Boise State Public Radio and...

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THURSDAY, JAN. 7, 2016

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