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  • Avista asks Idaho to let it help low-income customers

    Avista Corp. and the Idaho Public Utilities Commission proposed legislation today to allow utilities to voluntarily provide assistance to struggling low-income customers, and seek approval from the PUC to adjust …


  • Idaho Senate rejects rule for septic systems

    BOISE – At the urging of North Idaho senators, the state Senate voted Tuesday to reject a Department of Environmental Quality rule to stiffen requirements for new septic systems to …


  • Idaho to take time to study stimulus funds

    BOISE – Gov. Butch Otter said Tuesday he’ll take until at least late March to study how Idaho should use its share of the $787 billion federal stimulus plan, delaying …


  • Bill seeks equity in tourism grants

    BOISE – The Sandpoint area is in “desperate” economic straits, and tourism businesses there aren’t getting their fair share of state tourism grants, the local chamber of commerce head told …


  • ‘Desperate’ Sandpoint pleads for its ‘fair share’

    The Sandpoint area is in “desperate” economic straits, and tourism businesses there aren’t getting their fair share of state tourism grants, the local chamber head told state lawmakers Tuesday.


  • North Idaho senators help kill new septic rules

    At the urging of North Idaho senators, the state Senate voted Tuesday to reject a Department of Environmental Quality rule to stiffen requirements for new septic systems to protect Idaho …


  • Beer, wine tax could go up

    BOISE – Idaho’s beer and wine taxes would more than triple to pay for substance-abuse treatment under legislation that narrowly won introduction in a House committee on Monday. The state’s …


  • Day care bill gets another shot

    BOISE – Minimal licensing requirements for Idaho day cares – including criminal background checks – were introduced in the Legislature on Monday for the fifth straight year, and sponsors were …


  • Idaho beer and wine tax increase introduced

    BOISE – Idaho’s beer and wine taxes would more than triple to pay for substance-abuse treatment under legislation that narrowly won introduction in a House committee on Monday.


  • Day care licensing bill introduced in Idaho

    Minimal licensing requirements for every Idaho day-care with four or more unrelated children - including criminal background checks - were introduced in the Idaho Legislature today for the fifth straight …


  • Simple service honors Meyer

    He made his mark on Idaho through 10 years in the state Legislature, fighting for causes including education and the Spokane Valley/Rathdrum Prairie Aquifer. But Wayne Meyer wanted to be …


  • Idaho cuts budget by $80 million

    BOISE – Idaho lawmakers slashed another $80 million from the current year’s state budget Friday and adopted a budget for next year that will force $101 million in cuts beyond …


  • PERSI reports big percentage drop

    BOISE – the Public Employee Retirement System of Idaho dropped from $12 billion to $8.5 billion in the past year, losing $3.5 billion. “We’re down 25 percent for calendar year …


  • Critics blast school funding bills

    BOISE – Rep. Bob Nonini, R-Coeur d’Alene, the House Education Committee chairman, introduced two far-ranging bills Thursday to change state law to allow cuts in public school funding. Among the …


  • Environment panel kills bill

    BOISE – Rep. Dick Harwood, R-St. Maries, failed to persuade the House Environment Committee on Thursday to introduce his bill to repeal last year’s vehicle-emissions testing bill. The panel voted …


  • Change to state car-seat law could benefit poor families

    BOISE – An Idaho senator says the state could get federal money to purchase safety seats for low-income families, but the state car seat law would have to be changed. …


  • Chairman unveils permanent Idaho ed cuts

    Rep. Bob Nonini, R-Coeur d’Alene, the House Education Committee chairman, proposed two far-ranging bills this morning to make permanent changes in state law to allow cuts in Idaho’s public school …


  • Director pleads case of women’s commission

    BOISE – The head of the Idaho Women’s Commission told lawmakers Wednesday that women haven’t yet reached equity in Idaho – and that the Legislature is a perfect example. Part-time …


  • Senator proposes eliminating Idaho Women’s Commission

    The head of the Idaho Women’s Commission told lawmakers Wednesday that women haven’t yet reached equity in Idaho - and the Legislature is the perfect example. However, even with just …


  • Rural grant cuts upset Idaho lawmakers

    BOISE – Plans to cut $2.5 million in rural economic development grants from next year’s state budget riled Idaho lawmakers Tuesday, who said that’s just the type of spending that’s …


  • Otter seeks tax increases for roads

    BOISE – Gov. Butch Otter, arm bound in a sling after shoulder surgery but vigorously greeting supporters, shaking hands (with his left hand) and touting his top priority – fixing …


  • Cuts in rural grants rile Idaho lawmakers

    Plans to cut $2.5 million in rural economic development grants from next year’s state budget riled Idaho lawmakers today, who said that’s just the type of spending that’s needed in …


  • Idaho governor proposes transportation plan

    Gov. Butch Otter, arm bound in a sling after shoulder surgery but vigorously greeting supporters, shaking hands (with his left hand) and touting his top priority - fixing Idaho roads …


  • Liquor is ‘recession-proof’ in Idaho

    Liquor sales in Idaho are up despite the economic downturn, proving that liquor is a “recession-proof business,” Idaho’s state liquor chief told lawmakers today.


  • Job cuts could slice into tax revenue

    BOISE – Idaho expects to lose up to $7.5 million in tax revenue next year because it cut tax compliance workers this year to save $979,000. This year’s 4 percent …


  • Budget reductions slow water rights arbitration

    BOISE – Budget cuts at the Idaho Department of Water Resources won’t stop the long-planned North Idaho water rights adjudication, but they’ll slow it down, state Water Resources Director David …


  • Budget cuts slow North Idaho water adjudication

    Budget cuts at the Idaho Department of Water Resources won’t stop the long-planned North Idaho water rights adjudication, but they’ll slow it down, state Water Resources Director David Tuthill told …


  • Idaho cuts end up costing state millions

    Idaho now expects to lose up to $7.5 million in tax revenue next year, because it cut tax compliance workers this year to save $979,000.


  • Otter back right on schedule

    BOISE – Lt. Gov. Brad Little, at the close of his budget hearing before state lawmakers this week, was asked by Rep. George Eskridge, R-Dover, “Do you and Gov. (Butch) …


  • Tribe willing to pay half tab of new lake plan

    BOISE – The Coeur d’Alene Tribe has committed to pay half the cost of managing Lake Coeur d’Alene’s pollution next year, a move that could keep the long-negotiated cleanup plan …

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