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  • 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 …


  • 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 …


  • 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 …


  • 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 …


  • 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. …


  • 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 …


  • 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 …


  • 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 …


  • 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 …


  • 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 …


  • 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 …


  • 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 …


  • 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 …


  • 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 …


  • 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.


  • 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 …


  • 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 …


  • 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 …


  • 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 …


  • 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 …


  • 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 …


  • 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.


  • Otter set to make budget announcement amid talk of cuts

    Idaho Gov. Butch Otter has scheduled an announcement for Thursday morning on the state budget, just days before he’ll unveil his proposed budget Monday to a joint session of the …


  • Speaker touts short session as capitol cost-saving plan

    BOISE – Idaho House Speaker Lawerence Denney has sent out a memo to all House committee chairs and vice chairs asking them to take steps to wrap up the upcoming …


  • Data show Idaho economy’s hit bottom

    New, not-yet-published labor data shows surprising and “heartening” news for Idaho’s economy, Gov. Butch Otter’s chief economist said today: It appears to have hit bottom and is ready to begin …


  • No shortage of ideas for state budget cost-cutting

    BOISE – Gov. Butch Otter’s “efficiency” Web site has received 217 money-saving suggestions for state government so far from Idahoans, with the runaway winner being a cut in pay for …


  • Sweetened partings stir ire

    BOISE – Idaho state agencies have spent more than $125,000 in the past six months to boost the retirement accounts of three departing employees, including one agency director, even though …


  • Tough cuts ahead, Otter warns

    BOISE – Gov. Butch Otter says it’s time to slash Idaho’s government back to what it was five years ago – because the state’s tax revenue has declined to the …


  • Otter solicits ideas

    BOISE – Gov. Butch Otter appealed to Idahoans on Friday to send him their ideas on how the state can save money, as one Idaho lawmaker called for a tax …


  • Idaho laying off state workers

    BOISE – Dozens of Idaho state employees lost their jobs in the past month as a result of midyear state budget holdbacks imposed in late September. More cuts are coming. …


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