Stories tagged: Idaho state budget
SUNDAY, FEB. 5, 2017, 6:09 A.M.
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 …
SUNDAY, DEC. 11, 2016, 6:15 A.M.
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 …
TUESDAY, DEC. 6, 2016, 3:23 P.M.
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.
SATURDAY, SEPT. 10, 2016, 3:25 P.M.
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.
SUNDAY, JULY 17, 2016, 4 A.M.
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 …
SUNDAY, MAY 29, 2016, 4 A.M.
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 …
SUNDAY, FEB. 28, 2016, 4 A.M.
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 …
THURSDAY, JAN. 28, 2016, 4 P.M.
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, …
SATURDAY, NOV. 28, 2015, 10 A.M.
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: SATURDAY, 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
THURSDAY, JULY 16, 2015
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 …
TUESDAY, FEB. 3, 2015
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 …
WEDNESDAY, JAN. 28, 2015
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. …
SUNDAY, JAN. 25, 2015
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 …
SUNDAY, JAN. 11, 2015
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 …
FRIDAY, JAN. 9, 2015
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 …
SUNDAY, NOV. 16, 2014
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 …
SUNDAY, JULY 20, 2014
Eye on Boise: Idaho parks board picks new director
BOISE – Idaho is getting a new state parks chief, and a Democrat is joining GOP Gov. Butch Otter’s Cabinet. David Langhorst, a former Democratic state senator from Boise and …
SUNDAY, MAY 4, 2014
Eye on Boise: Rally decries veterans cemetery’s same-sex ban
“Add the Words” protesters returned to the Idaho state Capitol last week where roughly 180 were arrested during this year’s legislative session while pressing unsuccessfully for a hearing on legislation …
FRIDAY, JAN. 24, 2014
Idaho schools chief Tom Luna pitches $66.9 million plan
BOISE – Idaho’s schools, hard-hit by budget cuts during years of economic downturn, would see a 5.1 percent boost in funding next year under a budget plan pitched to lawmakers …
TUESDAY, JAN. 21, 2014
Otter backs North Idaho College expansion in Sandpoint
BOISE – Idaho Gov. Butch Otter wants North Idaho College to receive state funds next year to expand its Sandpoint Outreach Center to offer more classes. The $226,700 recommendation is …
TUESDAY, JAN. 21, 2014
Proposed alternative budget would benefit Idaho schools
BOISE – Idaho could spend tens of millions more on public schools, raise pay for teachers and state workers, and restore services to the poor and disabled – all while …
TUESDAY, JAN. 7, 2014
Idaho education a priority in Gov. Butch Otter’s budget
BOISE – Education is the top priority for Idaho for the coming year, Gov. Butch Otter declared Monday, coming even ahead of tax cuts for businesses and the wealthy. “Any …
THURSDAY, JAN. 2, 2014
Pay for Idaho state workers continues to fall
BOISE – Pay for Idaho state employees has now slipped to 19 percent below market rates, according to the latest state report, a gap that’s been growing for the past …
THURSDAY, DEC. 12, 2013
Gov. Otter: ‘More of the same’ in next legislative session
BOISE – Idaho Gov. Butch Otter is promising “more of the same” for Idaho’s upcoming legislative session – with a lean, cautious approach to new spending or programs, despite the …
FRIDAY, JUNE 14, 2013
Batt chides Idaho for not raising gas tax
BOISE – Former Idaho Gov. Phil Batt on Thursday urged Idahoans to step up and fund road improvements, saying failure to raise the gas tax for nearly 20 years is …
SUNDAY, JUNE 2, 2013
Eye on Boise: Fewer DUI arrests made over long weekend in Idaho this year
BOISE – The Idaho State Police reported 31 DUI arrests statewide over last weekend’s Memorial Day holiday, from Friday night through early Tuesday morning. ISP also reported 23 crashes, including …
SATURDAY, JUNE 1, 2013
Idaho agencies scramble to reward workers
BOISE – As University of Idaho President Duane Nellis leaves this summer to become president of Texas Tech University, his parting advice to the state is to invest in its …
FRIDAY, MAY 31, 2013, 11:33 A.M.
Idaho scrimps on state employee pay
As University of Idaho President Duane Nellis leaves Idaho this week to become president of Texas Tech, his parting advice to the state was to invest in its workers by …
SUNDAY, MAY 12, 2013
Eye on Boise: April tax revenue well above forecasters’ expectations
BOISE – Because Idaho budgets based on forecasts and estimates of how much tax revenue will come in, there’s always some anticipation about how revenues fare in April, the biggest …