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Eye On Boise archive for Feb. 2, 2010

TUESDAY, FEB. 2, 2010

Waiver of asset test for food stamps OK'd

Here's a news item from the Associated Press: BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho will continue to let people with more than $2,000 in assets receive food stamps, at least through May. The Legislature's House Health and Welfare Committee reaffirmed the waiver Tuesday allowing a family…

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"Media Day '10" in the Capitol on Tuesday included displays showcasing parts of Idaho's "creative economy," from filmmaking to video games. (Betsy Russell)

'Media Day' showcases 'creative economy'

There's lots of high-tech film equipment up on the fourth floor rotunda today at "Media Day '10," which is showcasing media innovation and technology. Exhibits cover everything from university film programs to a screenwriters' group to other aspects of the "creative economy." As part of…

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No funding boost to state from ASARCO settlement

Rep. Frank Henderson, R-Post Falls, asked DEQ Director Toni Hardesty whether the recent ASARCO court settlement will "in any way relieve the state of Idaho's taxpayers." Hardesty's response: "Unfortunately no." Under the mining firm ASARCO's bankruptcy settlement, Hardesty explained, Idaho will receive two sums: $1.9…

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Idaho Department of Environmental Quality Director Toni Hardesty tells lawmakers on Tuesday that the budget request for DEQ for next year will be the lowest state funding level in a decade, though the agency has taken on additional duties. Layoffs, furloughs and cuts in services have resulted, she said. (Betsy Russell)

How budget cuts have hit DEQ...

The impacts of budget cuts on the state Department of Environmental Quality have included layoffs, furloughs, holding positions vacant, and cutting back or eliminating programs, Director Toni Hardesty told JFAC this morning. "It is just not possible to absorb these cuts without some level of…

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Idaho Secretary of State presents "a pretty bare-bones budget" for his office to legislative budget writers on Tuesday. He's proposing trimming costs further by not sending a pamphlet to voters about constitutional amendments that are on the ballot; Idaho had been scheduled to do that next fall for the first time. (Betsy Russell)

'A pretty bare-bones budget'

Idaho Secretary of State Ben Ysursa is proposing a possible savings in his budget from the $370,000 that the state expects to spend next fall on voter notification for the general election. Ysursa said Idaho has a new law requiring a pamphlet to go to…

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'A good man and a fair man'

Idaho Secretary of State Ben Ysursa noted this morning that he's coming before JFAC for his budget hearing today on the day of the funeral for Atwell Parry, the former senator and JFAC co-chair from Melba who died on Friday. "He was a good man…

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