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  • Eye on Boise: Scholarship programs need revamp

    BOISE – Idaho’s state scholarship programs for college students lag far behind most states in the region. In response to a question from Rep. Shirley Ringo, D-Moscow, Mike Rush, director …


  • Funding formula for NIC gets look

    BOISE – Lawmakers brought up a longtime sore spot during North Idaho College’s budget hearing at the state Legislature on Tuesday: Why does the Coeur d’Alene community college get so …


  • Eye on Boise: Unallocated money in school budget may stay put

    BOISE – Idaho lawmakers who’ve been hoping to raid Idaho’s public school budget now that voters have rejected three school-reform laws had a setback last week: Doing so would require …


  • Eye on Boise: Hart’s Audi raises eyebrows amid bankruptcy

    When tax-protesting state Rep. Phil Hart filed for bankruptcy amid federal and state claims that he owes more than half a million dollars in back taxes, penalties and interest, papers …


  • Idaho’s school spending again ranks 50th in nation

    Idaho’s school spending per pupil ranks 50th in the nation for a second straight year, according to the latest figures from the U.S. Census, while Washington’s is 32nd, down from …


  • Ex-state economist says school funding may violate Idaho law

    BOISE – Idaho’s former longtime chief state economist, Mike Ferguson, released a 20-page report Friday on public school funding that reaches a series of startling conclusions, including that Idaho’s current …


  • Report: Idaho school funding veering from constitution

    Idaho’s former longtime chief state economist, Mike Ferguson, released a 20-page report today on public school funding that reaches a series of startling conclusions, including that Idaho’s current school funding …


  • Eye on Boise: Panel finishes agency budgets

    BOISE – Legislative budget writers have now set all state agency budgets for next year, finishing their work by setting the Medicaid budget on Friday. In total, the Joint Finance-Appropriations …


  • Eye on Boise: Aging state equipment enters ‘duct tape’ stage

    BOISE – Gov. Butch Otter’s state budget recommendation calls for zero funding for capital replacement items, but lawmakers are concerned that some equipment replacement needs are too critical to continue …


  • State workers may get 2 percent raise

    BOISE – After four years without funding raises for state employees, the Idaho Legislature’s joint budget committee voted Friday to give 2 percent raises next year to every permanent state …


  • Idaho grocers seek to ease food stamp rush

    BOISE – Idaho’s grocery stores are putting up $100,000 of their own money and asking state lawmakers to change back to multiday distribution of food stamps each month, saying the …


  • Otter budget doesn’t restore steep cuts

    BOISE – Idaho Gov. Butch Otter’s budget proposal for next year wouldn’t restore any of the steep cuts the state has made in the past three years of economic downturn, …


  • Idaho gov. calls for $45 million in tax cuts

    BOISE - With Idaho’s state budget flush for the first time in years, a cautious Gov. Butch Otter is calling for $45 million in tax cuts next year, a $5 …


  • Eye on Boise: Hart tax drama extended yet again

    BOISE - Tax-protesting Idaho state Rep. Phil Hart has asked for and received 30 more days to respond to federal authorities’ move to foreclose on his Athol home. The action …


  • Idaho legislators hope for less pain in ’12

    BOISE – Idaho’s headed for a different kind of legislative session in January, one marked less by painful budget cuts and more by political and philosophical battles, key lawmakers said …


  • Idaho welcomes good news for budget

    BOISE – Idaho lawmakers are facing something they haven’t seen in years: A “manageable” budget. When they convene in January, they’ll likely be able to balance next year’s state budget …


  • Idaho’s budget outlook brightest in years

    Idaho lawmakers are facing something they haven’t seen in years: A ‘manageable’ budget. When they convene in January, they’ll likely be able to balance next year’s state budget without further …


  • Otter says he’ll continue low-balling state budget

    BOISE - Idaho Gov. Butch Otter is promising more of the same from his administration: tight budgeting that may underestimate state revenues, forcing budget cuts that later prove unnecessary, to …


  • Idaho gets big boost in revenue

    BOISE – The final numbers are in, and after anguishing over deep budget cuts, Idaho ended the fiscal year well ahead of projections for state tax revenues, with an $85.3 …


  • Idaho revenues up, Otter loses bet to Andrus

    The final numbers are in, and after anguishing over deep budget cuts, Idaho ended the fiscal year well ahead of projections for state tax revenues, with an $85.3 million year-end …


  • Schools could get cash infusion

    NAMPA, Idaho – Idaho school districts are cautiously preparing to restore several cutbacks after being advised the state likely will distribute about $50 million in one-time payments next month if …


  • Schools struggle to use student data system

    NAMPA, Idaho – Idaho’s new multimillion-dollar student data system is causing giant headaches at school districts around the state, and local school officials say it isn’t working. State Superintendent of …


  • Idaho schools could get some relief amid budget cuts

    Idaho schools could get about $50 million in a one-time payout in July, no strings attached, if state tax revenues meet projections in the final month of the state’s fiscal …


  • Voters approving property tax hikes to help schools

    BOISE – Idahoans are voting to raise their own property taxes in the wake of a third straight year of cuts in school funding approved by state lawmakers. In elections …


  • Idaho voters raise taxes for schools after lawmakers wouldn’t

    Idahoans around the state are voting to raise their own property taxes in the wake of a third straight year of cuts in school funding approved by state lawmakers.


  • Eye on Boise: Luna aide says reform plan isn’t bringing new staffers

    BOISE – Although rumors are rife that the Idaho State Department of Education has added highly paid staffers to implement the new Students Come First school reform plan, Luci Willits, …


  • Higher revenue return good news for schools

    BOISE – Strong tax revenues in April could mean Idaho’s public schools will get up to a $55 million one-time boost at the end of this fiscal year on July …


  • Idaho schools could get back part of budget cuts

    Strong tax revenues in April, the biggest month of the year, could mean Idaho’s public schools will get up to a $55 million one-time boost at the end of this …


  • Idaho prison funding bill escapes budget ax

    BOISE – Idaho’s state prison system would escape the cuts other state agencies are facing next year; instead, under a budget crafted by legislative budget writers Monday, it’d see a …


  • Higher ed budget in Idaho is lowest since 2000

    BOISE – Idaho’s colleges and universities will have to rely more on student tuition and fees under a budget lawmakers set Friday. “I know that universities have borne a heavier …

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