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  • 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 …


  • CdA Tribe to match state funding for lake management

    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 …


  • Denney ties tax option to constitution

    BOISE – Idaho House Speaker Lawerence Denney is blocking any local-option tax bill from being considered in his legislative chamber unless it contains a constitutional amendment, a restriction opposed by …


  • House Speaker blocking Idaho local-option tax bills

    Idaho House Speaker Lawerence Denney is not allowing any local-option tax bill to be considered in the House unless it contains a constitutional amendment, a restriction opposed by many local-option …


  • Renovation of NIC building still in state’s plans

    BOISE – Despite Idaho’s budget crunch, a proposal to spend $4.3 million to renovate Seiter Hall at North Idaho College is still in the state’s spending plans, and it may …


  • Vocational rehab move delayed

    BOISE – Idaho Gov. Butch Otter’s plan to trim the duties of the state Board of Education by moving a slew of agencies out from under its oversight has hit …


  • ISP chief says cuts will reduce patrols

    BOISE – Budget cuts at the Idaho State Police are hitting hard, the agency’s chief warned legislative budget writers Tuesday. “We are now well beyond trimming fat, and we are …


  • Measure would raise Idaho dropout age to 18

    BOISE – A Republican lawmaker wants Idaho to follow the lead of more than a dozen other states and require high school students to be at least 18 before they …


  • Idaho agency’s efficiency alters budget plans

    BOISE - Idaho Gov. Butch Otter’s plan to trim the duties of the state Board of Education by moving a slew of agencies out from under its oversight has hit …


  • Idaho’s 116th could go back to Iraq

    When the Idaho National Guard’s 116th Cavalry Brigade Combat Team deployed to Iraq in 2004, it was the largest deployment of any Idaho unit since World War II. Now, the …


  • Idaho State Police feeling budget pinch

    Budget cuts at the Idaho State Police are hitting hard, Col. Jerry Russell, ISP chief, warned legislative budget writers this morning. “We are now well beyond trimming fat and we …

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