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Eye On Boise archive for Jan. 1, 2017

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Megan Ronk, director of the Idaho Department of Commerce, testifies to the Legislature's joint Change in Employee Compensation Committee on Thursday. (Betsy Z. Russell)

Testimony: 'That's the size of the problem'

In more testimony to the Legislature’s joint CEC Committee today: Megan Ronk, director of the Idaho Department of Commerce, spoke in favor Gov. Butch Otter’s recommendation for 3 percent merit-based raises for state employees, and thanked lawmakers for the flexibility they’ve given state agency heads...

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Rob Pangaro, a BSU employee, testifies to lawmakers Thursday on Idaho state employee pay. (Betsy Z. Russell)

Lawmakers take testimony on state employee pay 

The Legislature’s joint CEC Committee – that stands for Change in Employee Compensation – is meeting today and is taking public testimony. First up to testify was Rob Pangaro, a faculty member from Boise State University with multiple degrees who is working on his Ph.D,...

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Bayer has first revenue motion: Adopt governor's forecast

Sen. Cliff Bayer, R-Boise, made the first motion at today’s joint Economic Outlook & Revenue Assessment meeting, proposing that the panel adopt Gov. Butch Otter’s forecast. That’s actually lower than the committee members’ own estimates. “In historical terms, we’ve had some colorful and large deliberations...

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Rep. Scott, in statement: 'I call it like I see it' 17 

Rep. Heather Scott, R-Blanchard, who was stripped of all her House committee assignments this morning, has posted this statement on Facebook: “GOOD TRY MEDIA & ESTABLISHMENT TO PIT CONSERVATIVES AGAINST CONSERVATIVES TO TRY TO HIDE THE GROWING FREEDOM FOR IDAHO LIBERTY AGENDA: The people of...

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Of rules review, air quality, primacy and the feds... 

At the first portion of this afternoon’s House Energy, Environment & Technology Committee meeting, Rep. Heather Scott, R-Blanchard, who had been on that panel before she was stripped of all her committee assignments this morning, was sitting in the audience, agency rule book open on...

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Bedke: 'As hard a decision as I've faced as speaker' 

House Speaker Scott Bedke, R-Oakley, said after the House adjourned today, “I have no comment in regard to the action,” in which he stripped Rep. Heather Scott, R-Blanchard, of all her House committee assignments. “This is an internal matter and I consider it closed.” Bedke...

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Rep. Scott stripped of all committee assignments 

As the House convened today, it moved to the 13th order, and the clerk read the list of committee assignments, listing all members of three committees – Commerce, Environment and State Affairs. Missing from all three was the name of Rep. Heather Scott, R-Blanchard. “Without...

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WEDNESDAY, JAN. 11, 2017




Potholes close section of I-84 between Nampa and Caldwell

Idaho officials on Wednesday closed a section of westbound Interstate 84 between Nampa and Caldwell in southwest Idaho due to potholes. Idaho Transportation Department spokeswoman Jennifer Gonzalez says the agency is making emergency repairs and hopes to have at least one lane open by the evening commute. Gonzalez says multiple potholes...

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Idaho's mountain snowpack, water supply off to good start

A new federal report shows snowpack levels and water supply projections are above average in the mountains of eastern Idaho and across much of the state. The National Resource Conservation Service said recent wet weather must continue in order to keep healthy water supply levels, but Idaho's reservoirs are currently in good shape...

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