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Eye On Boise archive for Feb. 16, 2010

TUESDAY, FEB. 16, 2010

Senate Tax Chairman Brent Hill, R-Rexburg, said his Senate committee won't back new tax exemptions until existing breaks are re-examined. The committee on Tuesday voted unanimously to kill a new temporary exemption for non-profit homeless shelters, which had earlier passed the House on a 70-0 vote. (Betsy Russell)

Debate over tax breaks intensifies

Here's a link to my full story at on how the debate over tax breaks intensified in Idaho today, with a Senate committee's decision to kill a popular tax break for homeless shelters that had unanimously passed the House, and a congressman's call for…

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Idaho's state Land Board meets Tuesday; the meeting turned into a nearly-five-hour marathon on the thorny issue of state-owned cabin sites, where private owners have built and own their own lake cabins. The board voted to move toward eventually divesting the state of the properties. (Betsy Russell)

Land Board wraps up marathon meeting

Today's Idaho Land Board meeting turned into a packed, nearly five-hour marathon that ran through the lunch hour and 'til nearly 2 in the afternoon. "They didn't know that it was going to go that long," noted board secretary Susan Terry; the meeting had been…

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Sen. Jim Risch is escorted into the state Senate chambers on Tuesday morning to address lawmakers. (Betsy Russell)

Sen. Risch: 'Good to be home'

Sen. Jim Risch has been escorted into the Senate chamber to address lawmakers. "Well, gosh, it's good to be home," he told them. Risch is the former Senate president pro-tem, former majority leader, as lieutenant governor served as president of the Senate. He praised the…

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Congressman Walt Minnick is escorted into the Senate chamber on Tuesday. His is the first of several addresses to lawmakers by Idaho's senators and congressmen this week. (Betsy Russell)

Minnick decries partisanship in D.C.

Congressman Walt Minnick was escorted into the Senate chamber, and is now addressing the Senate. "Washington is not at all like Idaho - after all, we in Idaho do know how to handle snow," he said to chuckles. He added that Idaho knows how to…

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