Idaho's state capitol, early on a frosty January morning. State lawmakers will convene their annual session here on Monday, facing difficult budget issues.
The Idaho House convenes on Monday
House Speaker Lawerence Denney
Legislature holds moment of silence for victims of shooting in Arizona
Idaho Gov. Butch Otter addresses a joint session of the Idaho Legislature on Monday
Gov. Butch Otter shakes hands with lawmakers as he leaves the House chamber after delivering his State of the State message to a joint session of the Legislature
Carole and Dick Harwood in the Idaho House. Dick Harwood is in his sixth term; Carole Harwood is serving as a substitute for new Rep. Shannon McMillan, R-Kellogg.
Gov. Butch Otter waits for technical details to be settled for a press conference via the Idaho Education Network on Monday
Gov. Butch Otter and state Superintendent of Schools Tom Luna, left, hold a press conference on Monday
Idaho Gov. Butch Otter gives his State of the State address to a joint session of the Idaho Legislature on Monday.
Wayne Hammon, Gov. Butch Otter's budget chief, presents the governor's budget proposal to the Legislature's Joint Finance-Appropriations Committee on Tuesday morning.
Legislative Democrats, including, from left, Sen. Les Bock, D-Boise; Sen. Edgar Malepeai, D-Pocatello; and Rep. John Rusche, D-Lewiston; give their response to the governor's State of the State message at a Statehouse press conference on Tuesday.
Three pillars on the front of the Idaho State Capitol. State schools Supt. Tom Luna will give a presentation Wednesday to a joint meeting of the House and Senate education committees entitled, "The Three Pillars of Student-Centered Education."
State schools Supt. Tom Luna addresses a joint meeting of the House and Senate education committees on Wednesday to pitch his school-reform plan
Idaho schools chief Tom Luna presents a sweeping school reform plan to lawmakers Wednesday
Idaho Lottery Director Jeff Anderson announces the Mega Millions winner from North Idaho. At left is a check for $50,000 to the Post Falls convenience store where the ticket was sold; at right is a mockup of a check to winner Holly Lahti for $190 million.
Idaho State Police Director Col. Jerry Russell begins his budget pitch to the Joint Finance-Appropriations Committee on Thursday; at left is JFAC Co-Chair Maxine Bell, R-Jerome, who was presiding. Russell said six detective positions and nine patrol officer jobs are being held vacant due to budget cuts.
Rep. Marv Hagedorn, R-Meridian, a new member of JFAC, asked ISP's chief the impact of a 7 percent funding cut for next year; Col. Jerry Russell said it would be 'devastating.'
Idaho Secretary of State Ben Ysursa makes his budget presentation to the Legislature's Joint Finance-Appropriations Committee on Wednesday. His budget request for next year is down - because next year's not an election year; his office runs state elections.
Jim Carlson is the new executive director of the Idaho Judicial Council, replacing Bob Hamlin, who retired after 29 years. Here, Carlson gives the council's annual report to the Legislature's joint budget committee.
The Legislature's Joint Economic Outlook & Revenue Assessment Committee convenes on Thursday
Lawmakers on the revenue committee, including Sen. John Goedde, center, and Sen. Brent Hill, left, confer during a break in their meeting Thursday.
Sen. John Goedde, left, and Rep. Cliff Bayer, right, present the Legislature's Economic Outlook & Revenue Projection Committee's estimates of tax revenues to the joint budget committee on Friday.
Wayne Hammon, Gov. Butch Otter's budget chief, presents the budgets for the executive office of the governor and the state Division of Financial Management to lawmakers Friday. Among money-saving moves he shared: Interns now are unpaid.