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Eye On Boise archive for Jan. 6, 2010

WEDNESDAY, JAN. 6, 2010

Speaker, pro-tem urged across-the-board cuts

Idaho House Speaker Lawerence Denney and Senate President Pro-Tem Robert Geddes sent a letter to Gov. Butch Otter on Dec. 7 saying they thought an additional across-the-board holdback was needed on all state agencies including public schools, as first reported today by Dan Popkey in…

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ITD trims GARVEE bond proposal 

The Idaho Transportation Board has trimmed its proposal for GARVEE bond-funded road work in the coming year from $45 million to $26 million, because of savings in the program, which has seen bids coming in much lower than expected. The bond program is funding several…

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'Idaho has swung into positive territory' 

Mike Ferguson, chief economist for Gov. Butch Otter, shared some of the most recent data on states' recovery from the recession with the Legislature's Joint Economic Outlook committee just now. Though Idaho was hit early and hard by the current recession, it appears to have…

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Worst since the '40s, but signs of recovery... 

In 2010, the state Department of Labor projects that 13 counties will have double-digit unemployment rates, with Clearwater County forecast the highest at 17.2 percent. In 2011, the department projects that 10 states will hit double digits, with Valley County highest at 16.9 percent. Said…

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The Idaho Legislature's Joint Legislative Economic Outlook and Revenue Assessment Committee opens the first legislative hearing in the newly renovated Idaho state capitol. The legislative session starts Monday. (Betsy Russell)

First hearing opens in renovated Statehouse 

The first legislative hearing in the newly renovated state capitol has opened, with the Joint Legislative Economic Outlook and Revenue Assessment Committee taking testimony on the state of Idaho's economy, to help lawmakers decide where to set the state budget for next year. "Everyone's rather…

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David Williams, left, vice president for policy of Citizens Against Government Waste, and Wayne Hoffman, right, head of the Idaho Freedom Foundation, announce the release of their "2010 Idaho Pork Report," which they said shows government waste in state and local government in Idaho. (Betsy Russell)

Groups cite government waste 

Citizens Against Government Waste and the Idaho Freedom Foundation today unveiled a "2010 Idaho Pork Report," pointing to ways the two groups said Idaho is wasting state and local taxpayer dollars and could make big savings. Among the suggestions: Cut health and pension benefits for…

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