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  • 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 …


  • 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 …