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Eye On Boise archive for Jan. 1, 2018

MONDAY, JAN. 8, 2018






SUNDAY, JAN. 7, 2018


How the federal tax bill impacts Idaho's state budget...

What effect with the federal tax bill have on Idaho’s state budget? That’s been the big-bucks question, so there was far more suspense than usual surrounding state Tax Commission Chairman Ken Roberts’ presentation Friday to the Legislature’s Economic Outlook & Revenue Assessment Committee. Roberts noted...

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Labrador ups ante on tax-cut proposals to nearly 30% of state budget; my full Sunday column...

Idaho gubernatorial hopeful Raul Labrador, currently the 1st District GOP congressman, released his economic plan late last week, and on top of the $900 million in tax cuts he’s already been advocating, he’s adding another $120 million-plus. Labrador’s “5-5-5 plan” to cut personal and corporate income tax rates and Idaho’s sales tax...

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FRIDAY, JAN. 5, 2018

From left, Betsy Russell, Clark Corbin, host Melissa Davlin, and Bill Spence on Friday's "Idaho Reports" on Idaho Public Television, on Jan. 4, 2018 (Idaho Public TV / Seth Ogilvie)

Idaho Reports is on tonight at 8…

Tonight’s “Idaho Reports” on Idaho Public Television includes a report on the struggle of one small Idaho community, Mackay, to provide for public safety and the implications of that; a report on the news from today’s AP Legislative Preview; and a panel of lobbyists, including...

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Idaho Lt. Gov. Brad Little, left, discusses health care reform on Friday, Jan. 5, 2018, at the AP Legislative Preview at the Idaho state Capitol in Boise; at right is Gov. Butch Otter. Little and Otter signed an executive order on Friday allowing new, lower-cost health insurance plans to be sold in the state. (Otto Kitsinger / AP)

Idaho lawmakers to convene under political spotlight

Idaho’s upcoming legislative session – which kicks off Monday with third-term Gov. Butch Otter’s final State of the State address – will tackle big issues in health care, taxes, education and ethics, and it will come in one of the biggest election years the state has seen in decades. “It’s going to be like the OK Corral – there’s going to be...

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Ahlquist campaign rips health care executive order

Tommy Ahlquist’s campaign is disparaging the executive order issued by Gov. Butch Otter and Lt. Gov. Brad Little today on health care, suggesting it’s a campaign stunt. Here’s the campaign’s statement, from campaign manager David Johnston: “Sadly, this is just the latest example of Boise’s...

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Otter on legal marijuana: 'Not on my watch'

Asked about legal marijuana in Idaho’s neighboring states, Gov. Butch Otter said, “I think it’s a big mistake. When the medical marijuana effort was being made, especially across the Pacific Northwest, I talked to several governors that initially had been in favor of it, and...

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THURSDAY, JAN. 4, 2018


Idaho governor to push for higher education changes

Gov. C. L. "Butch" Otter offered a rare glimpse into his agenda for the upcoming legislative session on Thursday by announcing plans to ask lawmakers to create a chief education officer who would help make key changes inside Idaho's postsecondary system."We have a lot of agencies clinging to the status quo and status quo isn't going to get us...

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