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Eye On Boise archive for Jan. 12, 2010

TUESDAY, JAN. 12, 2010


Reactions and reactions to reactions... 

As reactions to Gov. Butch Otter's State of the State and budget message continue to ripple across the state, the Senate majority leadership this afternoon sent out a press release reacting to the House and Senate Democrats' comments at a press conference this morning in…

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Keith Allred, Democratic candidate for governor, in the Idaho state capitol on Monday (Betsy Russell)

Candidates tout fundraising numbers 

The deadline for filing campaign finance reports that cover the period through Dec. 31 hasn't yet arrived, but two candidates already are releasing numbers. Keith Allred, Democratic candidate for governor, announced today that in the three weeks since he filed his declaration of candidacy on…

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Legislative task force 'punted'

"At the end of the day, we punted," Rep. Maxine Bell, R-Jerome, co-chair of the Task Force to Identify Alternative Funding Sources for the Idaho State Police and Idaho Department of Parks & Recreation, told the Legislative Council. "We did not want to jump out…

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Rep. George Eskridge, R-Dover, reports to the Legislative Council on the work of the interim committee on Energy, Environment & Technology. Each of the Legislature's interim committees and task forces reported Tuesday on its work since last year's session.  (Betsy Russell)

Interim committees report back

Members of the Legislative Council are now hearing reports from each of the interim legislative committees and task forces, which have mostly modest agendas this year given the budget crisis. First up was Rep. George Eskridge, R-Dover, co-chairman of the Energy, Environment & Technology interim…

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Gov OK with H&W Friday furloughs

Gov. Butch Otter's not surprised to see Health & Welfare order Friday furloughs for hundreds of employees, his press secretary, Jon Hanian, told Eye on Boise. "We, I think, knew that there was going to be a mix of these type of measures, and obviously…

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Health & Welfare orders 'Friday furloughs' 

All Idaho Health & Welfare offices except state hospitals will close at noon every other Friday for the rest of the year, and the employees will be on furlough for those half-days. Notice of the move went out to all of the department's employees yesterday…

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House Minority Leader John Rusche, D-Lewiston, speaks at the House and Senate Democrats' response to Gov. Butch Otter's State of the State message and budget proposal. (Betsy Russell)

Democrats respond to State of the State

House and Senate Democrats gathered this morning to give their response to yesterday's State of the State message, calling proposed cuts to education short-sighted and saying they favor using all available resources to help bring the state out of the recession. "The current budget crisis…

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Rep. Maxine Bell, R-Jerome, co-chair of the Joint Finance-Appropriations Committee (Betsy Russell)

Bell: IPTV deserves some state support

Rep. Shirley Ringo, D-Moscow, asked Wayne Hammon about the proposal to eliminate state funding for Idaho Public Television over the next four years, noting that three-quarters of IPTV's budget already comes from other sources. "We have used general fund money to give them seed money,…

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Wayne Hammon, Gov. Butch Otter's budget chief, addresses the Joint Finance-Appropriations Committee on Tuesday morning. (Betsy Russell)

Hammon: 'Better to plan for worst'

In going over the governor's budget proposal, Wayne Hammon, the governor's budget chief, told JFAC that the governor thinks it's "regrettable" that he's proposing no pay raise for state employees. Legally required salaries for state elected officials remain in the budget. "The governor believes the…

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The first meeting of the Joint Finance-Appropriations Committee on Tuesday drew a full house; the panel writes the state budget. (Betsy Russell)

Full house for first JFAC hearing this morning

There's a full house in JFAC this morning for the first meeting of the Joint Finance-Appropriations Committee, the panel that writes the state budget. After some preliminaries, the joint committee is now hearing from Wayne Hammon, Gov. Butch Otter's budget chief, about the governor's budget…

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Interim committees to report today

From 2 to 4 p.m. today, all of the Legislature's interim committees and task forces will present reports on what they've come up with since last year's legislative session. The meeting will be in the JFAC room on the third floor; click here for the…

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