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Eye On Boise archive for Feb. 17, 2010

WEDNESDAY, FEB. 17, 2010

JFAC to make 2010 budget calls Friday

The Joint Finance-Appropriations Committee on Friday will "re-balance" the fiscal year 2010 budget - the state budget for the current year - by imposing cuts, transferring money from reserve funds, and more, dealing with every agency in state government. "We'll make the additional reductions that…

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Wednesday was "Buy Idaho" day in the Statehouse, the return of the annual trade show featuring displays and free samples of Idaho products on every floor of the state Capitol rotunda. (Betsy Russell)

It's 'Buy Idaho' day in the Statehouse...

It's "Buy Idaho" day in the Idaho state Capitol, when the entire Statehouse is turned into a giant trade show highlighting Idaho products. In the Rotunda on the first, second, third and fourth floors, merchants are handing out free samples, showcasing their products, taking orders…

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U.S. Sen. Mike Crapo enters the House chamber to speak to lawmakers on Wednesday; he also addressed the Senate. (Betsy Russell)

Sen. Crapo addresses lawmakers 

U.S. Sen. Mike Crapo is now addressing the state Senate; he'll then address the House. "This is the first time I've been back since the remodeling, and it looks great," he said. "It looks fantastic." Crapo said his "first report on Washington, D.C. is it's…

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Rep. Jim Clark, R-Hayden Lake, holds up a map showing all the states considering some type of legislation opposing national health care reforms, like his HB 391a, the "Idaho Health Freedom Act." On Wednesday, the Senate State Affairs Committee approved the bill on a 6-3 vote, sending it to the full Senate for final passage. (Betsy Russell)

Senate panel passes 'Health Freedom Act' 

The Senate State Affairs Committee, after a nearly two-hour hearing in which committee members raised serious legal concerns about the bill, nevertheless voted 6-3 this morning in favor of the "Idaho Health Freedom Act," a measure that bans the enforcement of any federal requirement for…

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The difference a month makes? 

One odd thing about the new criticism of Idaho Public Television's manager, Peter Morrill, by the governor's budget chief, Wayne Hammon, is that just a month ago Hammon heaped praise on Morrill as a creative, frugal manager. Now, Hammon is saying the governor's proposal to…

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