Stories tagged: Idaho state budget
Thu., June 23, 2011
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 …
Wed., June 22, 2011, 1:15 p.m.
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 …
Sat., May 21, 2011
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 …
Fri., May 20, 2011, 1:54 p.m.
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.
Sun., May 15, 2011
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, …
Tue., May 10, 2011
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 …
Mon., May 9, 2011, 4:12 p.m.
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 …
Tue., March 8, 2011
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 …
Sat., March 5, 2011
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 …
Sat., Jan. 29, 2011
Idahoans decry proposed cuts to services for disabled
BOISE – Close to a thousand people flocked to the Idaho Capitol on Friday to plead with lawmakers not to cut services to disabled Idahoans. “I’ve been in two group …
Wed., Jan. 19, 2011
Lawmakers skeptical of Idaho education plan
BOISE – Key Idaho lawmakers raised serious questions Tuesday about state Superintendent of Schools Tom Luna’s sweeping education reform plan. Luna’s plan relies on increasing class sizes and employing fewer …
Sun., Jan. 16, 2011
Idaho troopers doing duties with 1977 staffing level
BOISE – There are the same number of Idaho State Police troopers patrolling the state’s roads now as there were in 1977, Idaho lawmakers learned last week, even though the …
Tue., Jan. 11, 2011
Lawmakers begin tough sessions
BOISE – Idaho Gov. Butch Otter worked some budget magic to trim the state’s shortfall for the coming year down to manageable size and avoid calling for any tax increases. …
Sun., Jan. 9, 2011
Budget crunch dominates talk among Idaho lawmakers
BOISE – There’s a desperate edge to the talk in Boise as Idaho’s legislative session approaches. “It’s not going to be a fun place to be in the Capitol this …
Wed., Nov. 24, 2010
Idaho roads need $543 million more
BOISE – Idaho needs to spend $543 million more a year on its roads, Gov. Butch Otter’s transportation task force decided Tuesday, and the top ways it should raise the …
Sun., Nov. 21, 2010
Eye on Boise: PERSI director assures Idaho funds not in trouble
BOISE – Idaho’s public employee retirement system has been deluged by calls, e-mail and visits from worried state and local government retirees who are concerned that it’s going to be …
Wed., Nov. 17, 2010
Director outlines Idaho’s gloomy Medicaid outlook
BOISE – Idaho’s Medicaid program is facing such a big potential shortfall next year that officials are considering using volunteers to help those who now rely on its services. State …
Tue., Nov. 16, 2010, 3:42 p.m.
Idaho: Volunteers could help sick, poor
Idaho’s Medicaid program is facing such a big potential shortfall next year that officials are suggesting turning to volunteers to help out the disabled and others who now rely on …
Tue., Nov. 16, 2010
Idaho panel predicts shortfall as budget lacks stimulus, reserves
BOISE – State lawmakers got a grim glimpse of the decision-making that awaits them when they convene in January, as the Idaho Legislature’s joint budget committee gathered Monday to go …
Mon., Nov. 15, 2010, 4:48 p.m.
Idaho’s state budget outlook grim
Idaho state lawmakers got a grim glimpse of the decision-making that awaits them when they convene in January, as the Legislature’s joint budget committee gathered Monday to go over figures …
Wed., Oct. 27, 2010, 12:33 p.m.
Idaho to cut $8 million in Medicaid services
The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare is poised to make more than $8 million in cuts to Medicaid programs and services for low-income adults with severe mental illness and …
Tue., Sept. 21, 2010, 6:33 a.m.
Lawmakers: More budget cuts coming in 2011 session
Idaho legislators are preparing for more scrounging when the 2011 session starts in January. Even if tax revenue next year is 10 percent greater than the current year, Idaho faces …
Tue., Sept. 14, 2010, 2 p.m.
Idaho nets $51 million to preserve teacher jobs
The state Department of Education says Idaho will receive more than $51 million in federal education funding to preserve teacher jobs.
Tue., July 13, 2010, 4:42 p.m.
Idaho closes tough budget year
Idaho Gov. Butch Otter closed the books on a tough budget year for the state Tuesday, saying the final numbers - an $8.26 million year-end shortfall, which was easily covered …
Thu., June 3, 2010
Idaho outlook getting brighter
BOISE – Idaho is on track for an economic recovery next year, according to the state’s latest official forecast, although state lawmakers and the governor have set a pessimistic budget …
Wed., June 2, 2010, 10:50 a.m.
Forecast: Economic recovery for Idaho in 2011
Idaho is on track for an economic recovery in 2011, according to the state’s latest official forecast - though state lawmakers and the governor set a pessimistic budget for 2011 …
Thu., Jan. 21, 2010
Revenue estimate could deepen Idaho budget cuts
BOISE – Idaho lawmakers might have to make millions of dollars in additional cuts to both the current-year state budget and to next year’s if a new state revenue forecast …
Sun., Jan. 10, 2010
Idaho Republicans seek cuts to services, taxes
BOISE – Things seemed bad last year, when Idaho made an unprecedented cut in state funding for public schools while slashing budgets for everything from universities to economic development. But …
Fri., Jan. 8, 2010
Otter seeks midyear cuts
BOISE - Idaho Gov. Butch Otter on Thursday declared his support for additional midyear budget cuts that would hit schools along with all other state operations. Otter said he’ll include …
Thu., Jan. 7, 2010, 11:04 a.m.
Otter backs mid-year cuts for Idaho schools
Idaho Gov. Butch Otter on Thursday declared his support for additional mid-year budget cuts that would hit schools along with all other state operations.