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  • Otter pushes gas tax increase

    BOISE – Gov. Butch Otter intends to push Idaho lawmakers to raise the state gas tax, increase car and truck registration fees, and tax rental cars to pay for pressing …


  • Eskridge, Hollingsworth vie for House Seat 1B

    Four-term Idaho state Rep. George Eskridge has focused on energy, veterans issues, property tax relief and the state budget since he began making the annual trip to Boise to represent …


  • Otter planning for budget cuts

    BOISE – Idaho Gov. Butch Otter is drawing up plans to cut the state budget midyear by at least $27 million and possibly as much as $68 million, after an …


  • Legislature candidate set to cause stir

    BLANCHARD, Idaho – C.J. Rose wants the Idaho Legislature to look more like the people who live in the state, especially the rural areas of North Idaho. Wearing a purple …


  • Luna says problems found, corrected

    BOISE – A legislative audit has identified serious management problems in the office of state Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Luna, problems that Luna didn’t dispute and says now have …


  • Idaho banks doing better than most

    Idaho’s top financial regulator says state-chartered banks and credit unions in Idaho are “safe and sound” at a time when large financial institutions elsewhere are experiencing significant problems related to …


  • More states repealing liquor laws

    The Idaho Legislature’s repeal this year of the ban on Election Day liquor sales – doing away with a 1939 law that stemmed from worries about voters being plied with …


  • Officials to look into allegations of tax deals

    BOISE – Legislators and state officials from both parties will review a whistleblower’s allegations that the Idaho State Tax Commission cut secret deals to excuse multistate corporations from paying millions …


  • ITD: Dover Bridge old but still safe

    The Idaho Transportation Board says the Dover Bridge is safe – but says the aging bridge still needs replacing. The board heard a report this week on the span on …


  • Otter to work for road funding consensus

    BOISE – Gov. Butch Otter, after failing spectacularly last session to persuade state lawmakers to take on his No. 1 priority – alleviating a huge annual road funding shortfall – …


  • NIC hosts delegation of lawmakers

    North Idaho College officials were clear Tuesday in their message to state lawmakers: They need $4.3 million to renovate Seiter Hall but not a cent to purchase the waterfront mill …


  • Idaho targets fetal alcohol syndrome

    BOISE – Idaho state Rep. Liz Chavez tried unsuccessfully for two years to get legislation passed to warn about the risks of fetal alcohol syndrome wherever liquor is sold in …


  • Judge hears school funding suit

    BOISE – Idaho’s highest court can’t declare the state’s school funding system unconstitutional and then let it continue that way, the attorney for a group of school districts told a …


  • Otter vetoes measure to eliminate tax break

    BOISE – Idaho Gov. Butch Otter has vetoed the only measure to eliminate an existing tax break that lawmakers approved this year. HB 664 sought to repeal a 5 percent …


  • Lawmaker caught speeding in school zone

    BOISE – Oops. Sen. John Goedde, sponsor of the bill to sharply increase Idaho’s fines for speeding in school zones, was caught speeding in a Boise-area school zone Feb. 28 …


  • Senate hopes to educate school board

    BOISE – Senators say the state Board of Education should work on open meeting law compliance, financial procedures and attendance, and the governor should move the board away from administering …


  • Session closes in compromise

    BOISE – With a compromise on a tax break for businesses, Idaho legislators on Wednesday finally wrapped up their business for the year and adjourned the session. “I think it’s …


  • Lawmakers stall over business tax break

    BOISE – The fate of a tax break for businesses brought Idaho’s over-long legislative session to a standstill Tuesday, with the House refusing to go along with the Senate’s unanimous …


  • Otter signs grocery tax credit legislation

    BOISE – Idahoans still will pay a 6 percent sales tax whenever they buy groceries, but now they’ll get more of that money back later – especially if they’re poor. …


  • Otter drops plan for road funds

    BOISE – Idaho Gov. Butch Otter on Thursday backed away from his major proposal to lawmakers this year, to raise millions through new fees or taxes to address a giant …


  • Business tax cut survives, gets panel OK

    BOISE – Nearly two dozen county, city and school officials from throughout Idaho implored senators to kill a giant business tax break bill during a four-hour hearing Monday, but a …


  • Immigration issue takes center stage

    Sen. Shirley McKague, R-Meridian, was put on the spot in a House committee when she presented her joint memorial to Congress decrying illegal immigration. That’s because the measure contains statements …


  • Senate raises grocery tax credit

    BOISE – With support from all but one of North Idaho’s senators, the Idaho Senate on Thursday handily approved a boost in the state’s grocery tax credit, sending the legislation …


  • Three bills to repeal tax breaks clear panel

    BOISE – The push to re-examine Idaho’s plethora of tax exemptions and tax breaks has dwindled to just three bills that would repeal three tax breaks. Meanwhile, new tax breaks …


  • Committee sends grocery tax bill to Senate

    BOISE – Grocery tax relief could be on the way for Idahoans. A state Senate committee signed on Tuesday to a House-approved bill that would raise the state’s grocery tax …


  • Float home rent arbitration bill goes to House

    BOISE – Bayview developer Bob Holland pulled out all the stops Monday to fight legislation to allow binding arbitration in float home rent disputes, but the bill passed anyway. SB …


  • Bill curbs felons’ rights, but runs afoul of law

    BOISE – There was just one thing wrong with Idaho legislation to ban felons from running for sheriff – according to the Idaho Attorney General’s office, it was unconstitutional. The …


  • House backs bill to allow docks

    BOISE – Idaho’s House of Representatives voted Monday to turn back the legal clock to 1953 to help certain North Idaho property owners who want to build docks despite a …


  • Idaho bill redefines land use definition

    BOISE – Idaho has a “new natural resource” on its state endowment lands, lawmakers say: Wind, solar, geothermal, biomass and other renewable energy resources that could be profitably harnessed to …


  • Otter drops $150 car registration plan

    BOISE – Gov. Butch Otter withdrew his $150-a-car registration fee plan Wednesday, accusing lawmakers of trying to use him for “political cover” to avoid addressing Idaho’s transportation backlog. “I’m still …

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