Stories tagged: idaho legislature
UPDATED: Wed., Dec. 6, 2017, 5:33 p.m.
Otter sends warning: He still opposes repeal of Idaho’s grocery tax
Idaho Gov. Butch Otter drew a line in the sand Wednesday, warning that he’s still firmly opposed to removing Idaho’s 6 percent sales tax from groceries.
Sun., Dec. 3, 2017, 3:30 a.m.
Eye on Boise: Crapo parts with Bowles, Simpson over deficits to back tax cut
Anti-deficit activists Alan Simpson, the former GOP senator from Wyoming, and Erskine Bowles, the former chief of staff to President Bill Clinton, spoke out against the GOP tax plan when …
Wed., Nov. 29, 2017, 4:24 p.m.
Newly appointed Idaho lawmaker filed for bankruptcy in March
A newly appointed state senator in eastern Idaho is in the middle of bankruptcy proceedings.
Fri., Nov. 24, 2017, 5:30 a.m.
Study shows Idaho’s overall taxes are lowest in the region, 48th in nation
Even as Idaho politicians continue to call for tax cuts, a new state study shows Idaho’s overall taxes are the lowest in the region and rank 48th in the nation.
UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 14, 2017, 10:34 p.m.
Idaho’s October revenues took a hit as state made catch-up payment to Meridian developer
Idaho state tax revenues fell below forecasts in October for the first time this fiscal year, coming in $8 million short – and a quarter of the shortfall was because …
UPDATED: Thu., Nov. 9, 2017, 10:17 p.m.
Idaho lawmakers study trucking taxes, then opt for no change
After months of hearings and reports, an interim committee of the Idaho Legislature charged with re-examining truck registration fees in Idaho – in the wake of a 2010 state report …
Sun., Nov. 5, 2017
Eye on Boise: Ada County asks Rep. Giddings to repay homeowner’s exemption
Ada County is moving to collect back taxes from state Rep. Priscilla Giddings, R-White Bird, for claiming a homeowner’s exemption for her Garden City home in 2016 while also claiming …
Sun., Oct. 29, 2017
Eye on Boise: Idaho Senate GOP leadership posts draw hopefuls
Leadership contests are taking shape in the Idaho Senate, as the departure of longtime Majority Leader Bart Davis prompts a ripple effect through the Senate GOP leadership.
UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 18, 2017, 5:57 p.m.
Idaho lawmakers reject removal of campaign donation limits; call for more reporting, disclosure
A bipartisan working group of Idaho lawmakers on Wednesday unanimously rejected a proposal to eliminate all of Idaho’s limits on campaign contributions, and instead endorsed changes in the state’s Sunshine …
Sun., Oct. 15, 2017
Eye on Boise: Lawmaker thankful for ‘America, the land of redemption’
Idaho Gov. Butch Otter has appointed Tony Potts, a property manager and salesman at Bish’s RV Supercenter in Idaho Falls, to replace longtime Sen. Bart Davis, R-Idaho Falls.
UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 4, 2017, 10:34 p.m.
Plans for conservative ‘Freedom Caucus’ in Idaho House on hold amid dissension
The co-sponsor of a new legislative caucus for Idaho’s House conservatives said the effort has temporarily stalled, largely because certain “far-right” lawmakers seem unwilling to work toward consensus.
UPDATED: Mon., Sept. 18, 2017, 11:03 p.m.
Residency questions raised about controversial north-central Idaho lawmaker
A controversial north-central Idaho legislator, who’s made her mark as an extreme stickler for the rules, may not have been qualified to run for the office she holds because she …
UPDATED: Thu., Sept. 14, 2017, 9:40 p.m.
Idaho officials pitch new plan to address Medicaid gap
Idaho officials said Thursday they have found a creative solution to provide health care to poor residents who do not have medical coverage while simultaneously limiting the state’s ongoing health …
UPDATED: Mon., Aug. 28, 2017, 5:34 p.m.
Lawmakers: Idaho ‘uniquely poised’ to stiffen campaign, lobbying disclosure requirements
Idaho is “uniquely poised” to make major improvements in its public disclosure system, state lawmakers on a special panel said Monday, from requiring more and more frequent reports from candidates, …
UPDATED: Mon., July 24, 2017, 11:34 p.m.
North Idaho Rep. Redman won’t seek another term, will ‘term-limit’ himself
North Idaho Rep. Eric Redman, R-Athol, has announced that he won’t seek re-election after his current term ends next year.
UPDATED: Wed., July 12, 2017, 3:55 p.m.
Denney: OK to ‘buy’ a legislator, as long as it’s transparent
Idaho Secretary of State Lawerence Denney told lawmakers Wednesday that if it were up to him, he’d be fine with no limits on campaign contributions, as long as all are …
UPDATED: Thu., June 15, 2017, 10:12 p.m.
In packed courtroom, Idaho justices hear arguments in grocery tax case
Four Idaho Supreme Court justices had sharp questions for both sides, as they heard arguments Thursday in a court challenge to Gov. Butch Otter’s veto of legislation repealing the state’s …
Wed., June 14, 2017
Mainstream ethics laws overdue in Idaho
The state remains just one of three without financial disclosure requirements for any elected or appointed state official.
Sun., June 11, 2017
Idaho Legislature to re-examine ethics, campaign finance laws
Idaho is one of just three states with no financial disclosure requirements for state legislators – or any elected or appointed state official. It also lacks “revolving-door” laws that in …
UPDATED: Thu., June 8, 2017, 9:55 p.m.
Idaho Gov. Otter wants more education improvements, tax cuts
Idaho Gov. Butch Otter, in his annual address to the business community on Wednesday, touted the state’s current economic growth and said it’s proof his strategy during the recession worked, …
Wed., April 26, 2017, 11:12 a.m.
Idaho lawmaker per diem dustup raises questions
Legislative leaders say there’s no easy solution to address questions once again surrounding how much Idaho lawmakers are entitled to receive when offsetting legislative expenses.
UPDATED: Tue., April 25, 2017, 6:37 p.m.
Shawn Vestal: Idaho lawmakers stand up again for the religious right of parents to let their children die
How many dead children per year is the going price for religious freedom? One? Three? Seven?
Mon., April 24, 2017, 11:31 a.m.
Idaho’s anti-dairy spying lawsuit attracts supporters
A dozen groups representing food safety supporters, free speech advocates and labor unions are helping fight the Idaho law banning secret filming of animal abuse at agricultural facilities.
Mon., April 24, 2017, 10:12 a.m.
Idaho board approves $150 million in bonds to address I-84
Idaho transportation officials have agreed to spend $150 million in newly approved bonds to repair and add lanes on Interstate 84 near Nampa.
UPDATED: Wed., April 12, 2017, 11:06 p.m.
Idaho lawmakers challenge veto of grocery tax repeal
Two lawmakers from eastern Idaho say Gov. Butch Otter missed the deadline to veto legislation that would have repealed the 6 percent sales tax on groceries.
UPDATED: Tue., April 11, 2017, 9:03 p.m.
Idaho governor allows $320 million road plan to become law
A frustrated Idaho Gov. Butch Otter allowed a $320 million transportation funding plan to become law on Tuesday, despite lodging multiple criticisms against key aspects of the measure.
Wed., April 5, 2017, 9:09 a.m.
Idaho governor signs nearly 60 bills into law
Idaho Gov. Butch Otter has signed more than 60 bills into law, including the state’s $1.7 billion public schools budget for next year.
Thu., March 30, 2017, 9:58 a.m.
Idaho employers to pay the cost of political infighting
Idaho employers will pay millions of dollars more than necessary in unemployment insurance taxes after a bill that was supposed to lower those costs failed on the final day of …
UPDATED: Tue., March 28, 2017, 12:33 p.m.
Freshmen lawmakers announce formation of Idaho Freedom Caucus
Two freshmen representatives looking for a productive way to advance conservative ideals announced the formation of an Idaho House Freedom Caucus on Monday.
Mon., March 27, 2017, 11:11 a.m.
Disruptive Idaho session prompts bill to change process
An Idaho Democrat wants to amend the state’s Constitution to no longer require lawmakers from reading an entire bill aloud before they can vote on it.