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Among the bills successfully amended in the House this afternoon: HB 670, Rep. Bob Nonini's bill to grant up to $10 million a year in tax credits to individuals or corporations for donations to “scholarship granting organizations” that would give scholarships for K-12 students to attend private schools; and SB 1303, the Senate-passed animal cruelty bill, which was amended to include one of the provisions of HB 650, the House-passed animal cruelty bill, regarding penalties for cockfighting/Betsy Russell, Eye On Boise. More here.
- Idaho Dems: 'War of Women' just postponed until after election
- Cameron may co-sponsor Nonini's new teacher-pay bill
- Right to Life of Idaho: 'We have decided to pull SB 1387'
- Right-to-hunt amendment clears Senate, will go to voters now
- House passes public school budget 54-15
- House passes rules bill for Occupy site, sends to Senate
- Senate sends prison budget to governor
- Nonini: Teacher pay compromise part of end-of-session negotiations
Question: Do you support Rep. Bob Nonini's bill to grant up to $10 million per year toward scholarships for private K-12 schools?
Rep. Bob Nonini, R-Coeur d'Alene, sponsored legislation in the House today to add Special Needs Recreation of Coeur d'Alene to the list of charities and youth rehab organizations to which donations are eligible for a tax credit. Nonini praised the group, which provides recreational opportunities to disabled people, and said, “They provide a hand up instead of a hand out.” … Rep. Lynn Luker, R-Boise, said, “I hate to be the ogre here, but this is an increase in tax credits. … I've always opposed tax credits. They skew the tax system, they pay money out, it's not just a deduction.” … Nonini responded, “I appreciate the gentleman being the ogre; at least someone else doesn't have to do it.” The bill, HB 437, then passed on a 66-3 vote/Betsy Russell, Eye On Boise. More here.
- McMillan revives bill to boot EPA out of Silver Valley
- Allowing vets' surviving parents to stay in vets home stirs debate
- Debt collection firm agrees to repay Idahoans after abuses
- House Education backs '8 in 6' plan for high schoolers w/fingers crossed
- Emergency surcharge to fund courts not bringing in as much as expected
- House panel endorses plan to cut prez primary, keep primary in May
- House Education OKs bill to eliminate cap on charter schools
- Increasingly complex problems reported among Idaho's juvenile offenders
- Idaho Deaf & Blind education facing huge student hike, budget crunch
Question: Should the Legislature continue to add on tax credits for worth charities & youth rehab organizations?
The following was asked on The S-R's candidate questionnaire. Candidate Chris Bowen declined to submit a questionnaire. Here are the answers, which were allowed to be up to 150 words, from the five other people hoping to replace Bob Apple and represent Northeast Spokane on the council.
Do you support tax incentives for historic renovation? Do you support tax incentives for building condos and apartments downtown and in certain neighborhood centers?
Continue reading the post to find out their answers.
No one pays Spin Control for advice on their media events, but we sometimes offer it for free. Thus do we raise an eyebrow to Sen. Maria Cantwell's plan to hold a press conference at a Seattle microbrewery this weekend to discuss federal Small Business Loans.
Nothing against the SBA program know as the Small Jobs Act, which Cantwell helped get passed. Or Elysian Fields Brewing, which is using the program to expand production and add 35 workers. Good for them.
But Cantwell is holding the event at 10:45 a.m. Sunday. And the brewery won't start making beer until August.
A Sunday morning event at a brewery? Really? And the facility isn't brewing beer yet? Wouldn't it make more sense to do it on a Friday night when Elysian had some product to display?
Worse yet, the US women's soccer team starts its World Cup match against Japan at 11:45 a.m.
Gotta wonder how much coverage Cantwell will get coverage from that small sliver of the Seattle news media that is not in church or prepping to be glued to their television sets watching the World Cup.
Gov. Butch Otter has sent out an op-ed piece this morning touting the “Hire One Act” he persuaded lawmakers to enact this year, offering a refundable income tax credit for employers who add workers. “Call it a bonus. Call it a reward. Call it whatever you like, but the fact is we expect the income tax credits paid out to employers will be more than fully offset by the income, sales and property taxes paid by those new employees in the workforce,” Otter writes, “not to mention the private economic activity they will generate.” Click below to read his full piece.