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  • 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 …


  • Lawmakers steamed over tardy tax report

    BOISE – Idaho lawmakers are losing patience with the state Tax Commission, which hasn’t filed a required report on secret tax deals for corporations. A whistleblower alleged last year that …


  • Senators: Tax Commission needs reform

    Idaho’s state Tax Commission hasn’t complied with the recommendations in a state report that followed a whistleblower’s allegations that the panel was cutting secret deals to excuse millions in taxes …


  • Dover Bridge back on stimulus list

    The Idaho Transportation Board voted 4-1 Thursday to put the Dover Bridge back on its list of “shovel-ready” projects ready to receive federal economic stimulus funds. Two weeks ago, the …


  • More budget cuts in Idaho

    Idaho’s state budget ax fell again today, as lawmakers trimmed another $20.75 million out of the current year’s state budget. Casualties included milfoil eradication from places like North Idaho lakes …


  • Idaho House panel rejects lawmakers’ raise

    BOISE – An Idaho House committee on Wednesday unanimously rejected a proposed 5 percent pay raise for lawmakers, including themselves, this year. The vote in the House State Affairs Committee …


  • Idaho lawmakers move to reject own pay raise

    One after another, the members of the House State Affairs Committee voted “Aye,” all 18 of them, to reject the proposed 5 percent pay raise for lawmakers this year. The …


  • New needy seeking state’s help

    BOISE – People who’ve never been out of work before are increasingly flocking to Idaho’s Health and Welfare Department to apply for help including food stamps to Medicaid, state officials …


  • Idaho senators criticize new rules on secret tax deals

    Senators weren’t enthusiastic this afternoon about a new Tax Commission rule that would clarify when the commission can secretly settle big tax cases. It comes after a whistleblower’s report charging …


  • Audit cites poor maintenance of Idaho roads

    BOISE – A long-awaited performance audit of the Idaho Transportation Department suggests the state could save millions through better management – but could save hundreds of millions by better maintaining …


  • Drug abuse treatment paying off

    BOISE – Idaho’s prison population is down, defying a steep multiyear growth trend and signaling, state officials say, that the state’s new coordinated approach to substance abuse treatment is paying …


  • Audit says Idaho needs to improve road maintenance

    A long-awaited performance audit of Idaho’s transportation department suggests the state could save millions through better management - but could save hundreds of millions by better maintaining the roads and …


  • Drug treatment trimming Idaho prison growth

    Idaho’s prison population is down, defying a steep multi-year growth trend and signaling, state officials say, that the state’s new coordinated approach to substance abuse treatment is paying off. “We …


  • State calls for spending halt

    BOISE – The co-chair of the Idaho Legislature’s joint budget committee on Friday called on all state agencies to stop spending money except for operating costs “until further notice.” The …


  • Dems ready for rainy-day funds

    BOISE – Legislative Democrats are faulting Gov. Butch Otter’s priorities, saying he shouldn’t be cutting education and other essential state services while leaving hundreds of millions in state rainy-day funds. …


  • Idaho agencies told to halt spending

    The co-chair of the Legislature’s joint budget committee has called on all state agencies to halt spending of any one-time money or capital outlay money they have in their budgets …


  • Lawmakers plan for worst case budget

    BOISE – Idaho’s state budget challenges grew tougher Thursday, as lawmakers concluded the governor’s estimate for how much tax revenue will fall next year didn’t go far enough. If the …


  • Idaho state budget woes worsen

    BOISE – Idaho’s state budget challenges grew tougher Thursday, as lawmakers concluded the governor’s estimate for how much tax revenue will fall next year didn’t go far enough. If the …


  • Idaho’s latest spending cuts closer to becoming permanent

    The Idaho Joint Finance-Appropriations Committee voted unanimously this morning to make the Gov. Butch Otter’s 4 percent holdbacks in this year’s state budget permanent.


  • Idaho governor apologizes for laptop flap

    Idaho Gov. Butch Otter has apologized to the co-chairs of the Legislature’s joint budget committee and lawmakers for the tone of the threat he had his budget director deliver yesterday, …


  • Politicians spar over laptops

    BOISE – With controversial budget cuts on the line, Idaho Gov. Butch Otter became embroiled Tuesday in a fight with lawmakers over his line-item veto last year of their new …


  • Idaho governor, lawmakers clash over computers

    With controversial budget cuts on the line, Idaho Gov. Butch Otter became embroiled this morning in a fight with lawmakers over his line-item veto last year of their new laptop …


  • Otter proposes cuts to schools

    BOISE – Idaho Gov. Butch Otter dropped a bombshell on state legislators Monday – a proposal for the state’s first-ever cut in public school funding. “The fact is that my …


  • Otter proposes 5% education cut

    BOISE – Idaho Gov. Butch Otter dropped a bombshell on state legislators Monday – a proposal for the state’s first-ever cut in public school funding.


  • Otter’s proposed tax, fee increases face uphill battle

    BOISE – Bleak. Dismal. Gloomy. Difficult. Really, really tough. That’s how Idaho state legislators and officials are describing the legislative session ahead, with state revenues slipping, budget cuts bringing cries …


  • Keogh ‘honored’ by Otter’s consideration

    BOISE – Sandpoint Sen. Shawn Keough said she wasn’t expecting it when she got a call from Gov. Butch Otter on Christmas Eve, asking whether she’d consider an appointment as …


  • Dover Bridge work pulled

    BOISE – Gov. Butch Otter and North Idaho lawmakers both expressed concern Thursday after Idaho’s transportation board knocked the replacement of the deteriorated Dover Bridge off the top of a …


  • Public will notice Otter’s budget cuts

    BOISE – Under the budget Gov. Butch Otter is crafting to present to state lawmakers, Idahoans next year would face longer waits for state services, some state field offices would …


  • Otter will name names on Tuesday

    BOISE – Idaho Gov. Butch Otter says he’ll appoint the state’s lieutenant governor on Tuesday – that’s the same day that current Lt. Gov. Jim Risch will be sworn in …


  • Chain-up law for truckers does its job

    A new law making chains mandatory for commercial trucks traveling snowy North Idaho passes made a big difference in the past week, officials say. Before, Idaho had no chain requirements …


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