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  • 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 …


  • 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 …

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