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  • 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 …


  • Bill would end Idaho Women’s Commission

    BOISE – A North Idaho senator says Idaho no longer needs a state Women’s Commission because women have “taken their place” in society. Sen. Joyce Broadsword, R-Sagle, introduced legislation Monday …


  • Surgery puts Otter out of office for a week

    BOISE – Idaho Gov. Butch Otter, who missed a crucial month of last year’s legislative session because of hip surgery – during which state lawmakers rejected much of his agenda …


  • In brief: Bill declares surplus of wolves in Idaho

    Idaho would declare a surplus of wolves and offer the extras to any state that wants them under legislation that unanimously cleared the Senate Resources Committee on Monday. “We can …


  • Idaho governor out for surgery – again

    Idaho Gov. Butch Otter, who missed a crucial month of last year’s legislative session due to hip surgery, leaving his agenda stalled with state lawmakers, today unexpectedly went in for …


  • Idaho mulls offering ‘surplus’ wolves to other states

    Idaho would declare a surplus of wolves, and offer the extras to any state that wants them, under legislation that unanimously cleared the Senate Resources Committee this afternoon. Then, if …


  • Broadsword: Eliminate Idaho Women’s Commission

    Sen. Joyce Broadsword, R-Sagle, wants to eliminate the Idaho Women’s Commission, a state agency whose existence long has been controversial.


  • Lawmakers turn down 5 percent pay raise

    BOISE – Idaho state lawmakers made it final Friday: They won’t accept a pay raise this year. The 33-0 vote in the Senate to reject the scheduled 5 percent raise …


  • Bill to change by one word: Change

    BOISE – Here’s a sign of the times: A bill in the works in the Legislature makes a one-word change in the law regarding annual adjustments in the homeowner’s exemption …


  • Idaho lawmakers officially reject own raise

    BOISE – Idaho state lawmakers made it final Friday: They won’t be accepting a pay raise this year. The 33-0 vote in the Senate to reject the scheduled 5 percent …


  • Superintendent outlines proposed school cuts

    BOISE – Idaho’s top education official Thursday proposed $62 million in funding cuts for public schools next year, slicing into teacher pay, administration, building maintenance and more. “Let me make …


  • Idaho schools chief proposes cuts

    BOISE – Idaho’s top education official Thursday proposed $62 million in funding cuts for public schools next year, slicing into everything from teacher pay to administration to building maintenance.


  • Idaho cash crunch hampers NIC plans

    BOISE – The state budget crunch is crimping North Idaho College’s plans to launch a vocational program next year and update classroom technology, college officials told lawmakers Wednesday. The Coeur …


  • NIC will work with funding it has

    BOISE – The state budget crunch is crimping North Idaho College’s plans to launch a vocational program next year and update classroom technology, college officials told lawmakers Wednesday. The Coeur …


  • NIC crimped by state budget crunch

    North Idaho College, which had its budget hearing before JFAC this morning, had been hoping for $605,100 next year to start up a much-needed dental hygienist program in partnership with …


  • Lawmakers put professor pay cuts on table

    BOISE – Some Idaho lawmakers are asking whether faculty salaries should be cut as Idaho faces cutbacks in funding for higher education. That’d be a sudden turnaround from years of …


  • Panel moves to repeal naturopath licensing

    BOISE – A Senate committee has voted in favor of repealing a law requiring naturopathic physicians to be licensed by the state. The Health and Welfare Committee passed the repeal …


  • UI prepares to abolish 80 positions

    BOISE – The University of Idaho is preparing to eliminate 80 faculty and staff positions as it braces for big budget cuts next year. That would wipe out 5 percent …


  • As Idaho lawmakers consider their options, some are turning to educators for advice

    BOISE – Idaho state legislators have fanned out to their districts across the state this weekend, and many are hoping to hear from local teachers and others about where cuts …


  • State sees some budget savings

    BOISE – From the silver-linings department, the economic downturn has actually meant savings in a few remote corners of Idaho’s state budget. Among them: Since the 4 percent holdbacks, or …


  • Bridge regains priority status

    BOISE – The Idaho Transportation Board reversed itself Thursday and voted 4-1 to put the Dover Bridge back on its priority list of “shovel-ready” projects ready to receive federal economic …


  • Bridge regains its priority status

    BOISE – The Idaho Transportation Board reversed itself Thursday and voted 4-1 to put the Dover Bridge back on its priority list of “shovel-ready” projects ready to receive federal economic …

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