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Eye On Boise archive for Jan. 1, 2017

WEDNESDAY, DEC. 13, 2017


Department of Energy gives 'excellent' rating to Idaho lab

Federal officials gave the Idaho National Laboratory positive ratings and determined it earned 97 percent of the total available fee in a recent performance evaluation. The Post Register reports the U.S. Department of Energy determined the overall earned fee for the facility in Idaho Falls to be more than $15 million for the 2017 fiscal year...

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TUESDAY, DEC. 12, 2017

Rep. James Holtzclaw (State of Idaho)

Complaint says Idaho lawmaker acted inappropriately

An Idaho lawmaker was the subject of a complaint for allegedly making inappropriate comments to at least two people during the 2017 legislative session, according to a heavily redacted document obtained by The Associated Press through a records request on Tuesday. The complaint says that Rep. James Holtzclaw, R-Meridian, 42, made a woman feel...

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MONDAY, DEC. 11, 2017

SUNDAY, DEC. 10, 2017


A public comment session on the Idaho Health Care Plan waiver proposal drew an overflow crowd in Boise on Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017, as did a session Friday in Pocatello. Public comments next will be gathered in Coeur d’Alene. (Idaho Voices for Children)

Public input sessions draw support for health care waiver plan

Idaho’s latest plan to address the state’s health coverage gap will be addressed in two public sessions in Coeur d’Alene Monday and Tuesday; sessions in Boise and Pocatello on the Idaho Health Care Plan have drawn overflow crowds. The proposal calls for the state to seek waivers from the federal government to allow a portion of those now fall in...

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Guv candidates talk tax policy; state budget trends and status; economic signs and more; my Sun. column

When Idaho GOP Rep. Raul Labrador, speaking via video, was asked to address tax policy as a candidate for governor last week at the Associated Taxpayers of Idaho annual conference, he said Idaho’s government “needs to be slashed.” “My tax plan, just to be clear, it’s going to take some years,” Labrador said, after touting his “5-5-5” plan...

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FRIDAY, DEC. 8, 2017

From left, Miguel Legaretta, head of the Associated Taxpayers of Idaho; host Melissa Davlin; Lauren Necochea of the Idaho Center for Fiscal Policy and Betsy Russell of The Spokesman-Review on Friday's "Idaho Reports" on Idaho Public Television (Idaho Public TV / Seth Ogilvie)

The week that was...

Tax policy moves front and center on tonight’s “Idaho Reports” on Idaho Public Television, closing out a week in which the Associated Taxpayers of Idaho annual conference drew a record 500 attendees, from legislators and lobbyists to state and local government officials, current, former and...

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Idaho, facing crowded prisons, to send inmates out of state

As many as 1,000 Idaho inmates could soon be serving out their time in out-of-state prisons as the state grapples with overcrowding at home. The inmates could end up in a private prison facility – despite Idaho's long history of trouble when it comes to getting some private prison providers to meet the terms of their contracts...

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THURSDAY, DEC. 7, 2017



Idaho state tax revenues rebounded in November

Idaho’s state tax revenues rebounded in November, coming in $10.8 million ahead of forecasts – and more than making up October’s $8 million shortfall. According to the state Division of Financial Management, the November general fund receipts were 4.4 percent ahead of forecast and 14.2...

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Former Idaho Controller employee settles harassment case

The Idaho State Controller's Office has agreed to settle with a former employee who said she was sexually and racially harassed by a supervisor while State Controller Brandon Woolf allowed the harassment to continue. Former employee Lourdes Matsumoto's attorney announced Thursday the settlement includes a cash payment...

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Idaho sells 5 commercial properties, but 5 receive no bids

Five properties Idaho officials offered at an auction sold for above appraised value, but five others didn't receive any bids. The auction Wednesday by the Idaho Department of Lands brought in nearly $8.5 million, about $1.6 million above the appraised value. An office building in Idaho Falls brought in the most...

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