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Eye on Boise: Lawmakers hear of Medicaid expansion’s upside

BOISE – Idaho’s House and Senate Health and Welfare committees heard rather stunning figures Friday, including this one: A University of Idaho economist estimates that Idaho’s economy would get a …


Eye on Boise: Private school tax break plan heads to House vote

BOISE – Sen. Bob Nonini, R-Coeur d’Alene, says he believes his bill to provide $10 million a year in tax credits for scholarships to private schools would prompt 2,622 Idaho …


Eye on Boise: Universities get ‘small step’ toward deferred maintenance

BOISE – At the start of this year’s session, Idaho’s legislative budget writers heard a report on deferred maintenance at the state’s public universities, complete with shocking pictures showing rotting …


Eye on Boise: Federal cuts get panel’s attention

BOISE – A blizzard of numbers was presented to legislative budget writers Friday on the potential impact of the federal sequestration cuts on the state. Overall, it showed a potential …


Eye on Boise: Business tax’s end ‘devastating’ to public schools

BOISE – The draft bill released last week by Idaho Gov. Butch Otter to phase out the state’s personal property tax on business equipment would have a “devastating” impact on …


Eye on Boise: Donation pitch stirs ethics talk

BOISE – When the Idaho Freedom Foundation distributed its 2013 Idaho Report on Government Waste to every state lawmaker, complete with a color drawing of a cigar-smoking pig in sunglasses …


Eye on Boise: Idaho losing money by cutting costs

BOISE – When it comes to lawyers, some of Idaho’s budget cuts in recent years are proving penny-wise but pound-foolish. Lawmakers heard from Attorney General Lawrence Wasden that cutting attorney …


Eye on Boise: Tree falls in the forest, so does revenue

BOISE – Lawmakers noted a surprising fact in the budget presentation this year from Idaho Department of Lands Director Tom Schultz: The state is reaping record timber harvests, but its …


Eye on Boise: Scholarship programs need revamp

BOISE – Idaho’s state scholarship programs for college students lag far behind most states in the region. In response to a question from Rep. Shirley Ringo, D-Moscow, Mike Rush, director …


Eye on Boise: Domestic violence – every 88 minutes

BOISE – Idaho sees an incident of domestic violence between spouses, ex-spouses or those in dating relationships once every 88 minutes. Luann Dettman, director of the Idaho Council on Domestic …


Eye on Boise: Unallocated money in school budget may stay put

BOISE – Idaho lawmakers who’ve been hoping to raid Idaho’s public school budget now that voters have rejected three school-reform laws had a setback last week: Doing so would require …


Eye on Boise: Labrador mum on Boehner vote abstention

BOISE – Idaho Rep. Raul Labrador not only abstained from the vote to re-elect John Boehner as speaker of the U.S. House, he collected a vote himself for the post. …


Eye on Boise: Henderson going strong, excited to lead

BOISE – Idaho state Rep. Frank Henderson, R-Post Falls, who was appointed chairman of the House Business Committee a day after he celebrated his 90th birthday, is excited about his …


Eye on Boise: Ed funding ‘probably not’ up to snuff

BOISE – Idaho is “probably not” meeting the state constitution’s requirements to provide for education, Gov. Butch Otter told a crowd of more than 400 people last week. The implications …


Eye on Boise: Seuss environmentalist falls short in House bid

BOISE – The Lorax, the “shortish and oldish and brownish and mossy” character with a “voice that was sharpish and bossy,” was created by Dr. Seuss in his 1971 environmentally …


Eye on Boise: Lawmaker shares far-fetched idea to elect Romney

BOISE – A state senator from north-central Idaho is touting a scheme that’s been circulating on tea party blogs, calling for states that supported Mitt Romney to refuse to participate …


Eye on Boise: Advocacy group calls for expanding Idaho Medicaid

BOISE – The Idaho Community Action Network, a statewide nonprofit advocacy group with more than 2,000 members, issued a report last week calling strongly for Idaho to expand its Medicaid …


Eye on Boise: Lawmaker wants teacher bonus option

BOISE – Sen. Jim Hammond, R-Coeur d’Alene, says he doesn’t want teachers to lose the $38.8 million in performance-pay bonuses that the state is scheduled to send out to school …


Eye on Boise: Student laptop ‘buyout’ math doesn’t add up

BOISE – It turns out that the “buyout” clause in the state’s $182 million laptop contract is not what the state Department of Education originally described – a cost that …


Eye on Boise: Labrador admits who’s boss when Cantor visits

BOISE – U.S. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor stopped in Boise last week to raise funds for U.S. Rep. Raul Labrador’s re-election campaign and urge Idahoans to send the freshman …


Idaho lawmaker stands by calling public schools ‘Godless’ institutions

Rep. Vito Barbieri is defending a statement posted on his re-election campaign website in which he called on Christians to pull their children out of Idaho’s “Godless” public schools. In …


Eye on Boise: PAC didn’t overlook Nonini when making donations

BOISE – In practically every legislative district in Idaho where there’s a contested race – and even one where there’s not – the Senate Republican PAC has made a campaign …


Eye on Boise: Wal-Mart, Idaho reach cheesy arrangement

BOISE – Though Idaho is the nation’s third-largest producer of cheese, the Idaho State Department of Agriculture says Idahoans who want to join the “locavore” movement have often had trouble …


Eye on Boise: Women just a hair closer to getting pay that men get

BOISE – Idaho women earned 75.2 cents for every dollar their male counterparts earned in 2011, according to new U.S. census data. That was an improvement from a year earlier, …


Eye on Boise: Races simmer after heated primaries

BOISE – The northernmost legislative district in Idaho, District 1, saw some of the hottest election contests in the state in May’s primary, with tea party challengers trying to knock …


Eye on Boise: If voters say no to school reforms …

BOISE – There’s a what-if question being debated in Idaho politics that matters quite a bit: What if voters in November reject Propositions 1, 2 and 3, repealing state Superintendent …


Eye on Boise: Idaho near middle in government units

BOISE – A new set of data from the Census Bureau shows it’s not necessarily true that every bump on every log in Idaho is incorporated, nor that because Idahoans …


Eye on Boise: Hart’s Audi raises eyebrows amid bankruptcy

When tax-protesting state Rep. Phil Hart filed for bankruptcy amid federal and state claims that he owes more than half a million dollars in back taxes, penalties and interest, papers …


Eye on Boise: Expansions, new companies stir jobs buzz

BOISE – Idaho Department of Commerce Director Jeff Sayer is crowing about company expansions and recruitments that are running far ahead of expectations, just a month into the state’s new …


Eye on Boise: Lawmakers bill state for conference costs

BOISE – Five Idaho lawmakers attended the American Legislative Exchange Council’s annual conference in Salt Lake City last week, but only two – Rep. Vito Barbieri, R-Dalton Gardens, and outgoing …