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Eye on Boise: Denney gets a do-over on his budget

Eight days after a stunned Idaho Secretary of State Lawerence Denney said lawmakers had “gutted” his budget, the Joint Finance-Appropriations Committee did a re-do, and relented on providing $1.2 million …


UPDATED: Wed., March 7, 2018, 9:36 p.m.

Idaho lawmakers squabble over Liquor Division budget, new stores

The Idaho Legislature’s joint budget committee bogged down in a big way on Wednesday over the state Liquor Division budget, as Sen. Fred Martin, R-Boise, led an ultimately unsuccessful move …


UPDATED: Tue., March 6, 2018, 10:08 p.m.

Lawmakers OK funding for NIC computer science expansion

Idaho lawmakers set a budget for the state’s community colleges on Tuesday that exceeds Gov. Butch Otter’s proposal, which would have resulted in a cut to North Idaho College’s budget …


UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 6, 2018, 1:35 p.m.

ITD wants to spend $2 million to replace aging state plane

The Idaho Transportation Department wants to spend $2 million next year to replace one of the airplanes in the state’s three-plane fleet, a 45-year-old Cessna 182.


UPDATED: Mon., Jan. 22, 2018, 10:56 p.m.

NIC seeks budget boost, but Otter recommends a small cut instead

North Idaho College requested an increase in state funding next year of more than $1 million, but Gov. Butch Otter instead is recommending a small cut in NIC’s budget.


UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 19, 2018, 8:21 p.m.

Idaho lawmakers brace for costs of big statewide accounting system upgrade

Idaho lawmakers are bracing for a big expense – a $102 million, five-year plan to modernize the state’s accounting, payroll and procurement systems, which now operate on a three-decades-old mainframe …


UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 18, 2018, 4:50 p.m.

Lawmakers fill $27M budget hole after drafting error last year

Faced with a $27.5 million hole in their transportation budget after a drafting error, Idaho legislative budget writers on Thursday filled the gap with two unanimous votes, even adding interest.


UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 16, 2018, 10:42 p.m.

Library use up, especially among millennials, Idaho state librarian tells lawmakers

Library use is growing in Idaho and nationally, especially among millennials.


UPDATED: Wed., Dec. 6, 2017, 5:33 p.m.

Otter sends warning: He still opposes repeal of Idaho’s grocery tax

Idaho Gov. Butch Otter drew a line in the sand Wednesday, warning that he’s still firmly opposed to removing Idaho’s 6 percent sales tax from groceries.


UPDATED: Thu., July 6, 2017, 5:51 p.m.

Idaho Lottery turns over $48.5 million in profits to state’s schools, building fund

Idaho’s state lottery turned over $48.5 million in profits to the state on Thursday, with the majority of that headed to the state’s public schools.


UPDATED: Wed., June 21, 2017, 10:50 p.m.

AdWatch: Idaho governor candidate makes big promise to cut ‘wasteful’ state budget

Tommy Ahlquist, one of the GOP candidates for governor of Idaho in 2018, launched a new TV ad on Wednesday promising to cut $100 million from the state budget in …


Eye on Boise: Idaho lawmakers wrap up state agency budget-setting, focus on education

The Legislature’s joint budget committee finished setting state agency budgets on Friday, appropriating more than $3.4 billion for next year, a 5.4 percent increase from this year’s budget.


UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 28, 2017, 10 p.m.

Idaho lawmakers approve modest budget increase for higher ed

A modest budget increase of 2.7 percent for Idaho’s four-year colleges and universities won unanimous approval from legislative budget writers on Tuesday.


Eye on Boise: Idaho lawmakers debate health budgets, but not coverage gap

Idaho lawmakers have just finished a full week of hearings on health and human services budgets, and while major changes and initiatives are underway in some areas, there was little …


Eye on Boise: Crapo to again head Senate’s ‘Committee on Committees’

Idaho Sen. Mike Crapo has again been selected by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to chair the Senate’s Committee on Committees, meaning he’ll lead negotiations about which senators get which …


Idaho state employee pay still lags, despite this year’s raises

Idaho state employee pay remains about 20 percent below market rates, according to a new state report, despite the 3 percent merit raises that lawmakers granted state workers this year.


Eye on Boise: If trends hold, Idaho could have sizable budget surplus

State tax revenues are coming in ahead of forecasts, and if current trends hold, Idaho could have a substantial budget surplus by the end of the current fiscal year.


Eye on Boise: Numbers show Idaho is a big spender? Experts say no

Claims by the Idaho Freedom Foundation that Idaho has become an extravagant spender, outstripping other states, are clearly off the mark, to the point that the former chief economist for …


Eye on Boise: Idaho college funding still lagging

A new national report charts reduced state investment in higher education and rising tuition across the country, with Idaho ranking fairly poorly – the report found that state spending on …


Eye on Boise: Southern Idaho lawmakers fail attempt to block conservation easement budget item

With key pieces of education policy still pending in the Legislature even as budgets are being set, some are being set with pieces missing, pending cleanup later. Meanwhile, legislative budget …


Ybarra calls for 7.5 percent increase in Idaho education spending

Idaho state schools Superintendent Sherri Ybarra told lawmakers she wants a new education culture in Idaho, “to provide high-quality education while moving way from a very rigid philosophy of over-testing, …


Idaho ballot proposal would lower sales tax, cut exemptions

The League of Women Voters of Idaho is launching a ballot initiative drive to lower Idaho’s sales tax from 6 percent to 5 percent.


UPDATED: Sat., Oct. 24, 2015, 10:02 p.m.

Eye on Boise: Idaho state budget building toward surplus

Eye on Boise: Idaho state budget building toward surplus


Idaho’s dividend from state lottery decreases

Idaho’s take from the state lottery has declined for the first time in 11 years. But it still provided a $45 million boost to the state’s spending on schools and …


Idaho seeks corporate sponsor for state park funding

BOISE – Idaho’s state parks system is looking for corporate sponsors for signs, brochures, picnic shelters and the like as part of its effort to make the parks system largely …


North Idaho College asks for bigger funding increase

BOISE – North Idaho College is getting about the same level of funding from the state now that it got 12 years ago, NIC President Joe Dunlap told lawmakers Tuesday. …


Eye on Boise: ‘Add the Words’ bill gets hearing Monday

The Idaho Legislature will hold a full hearing on an “Add the Words” bill starting Monday morning at 8 in the Lincoln Auditorium, after nine years of refusing to do …


Eye on Boise: ‘Instant racing’ terminals concern some lawmakers

Idaho legislative leaders say they’re concerned about the slot machine-like “instant racing” terminals that are cropping up around the state, including at the Greyhound Park in Post Falls. The machines …


Otter says 2015 budget will reflect state’s financial health

BOISE – Laying out priorities for the upcoming legislative session, Gov. Butch Otter told reporters Thursday he’ll propose finally restoring school funding in Idaho to pre-recession levels not seen since …


Eye on Boise: Leadership changes coming to Legislature

When the Idaho Legislature convenes its organizational session on Dec. 4, six committee chairmanships and two leadership posts will be up for grabs. In the Senate, Education Committee Chairman John …