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Eye On Boise archive for Jan. 25, 2010

MONDAY, JAN. 25, 2010

Falling funding for higher ed...

Here's a link to my full story at spokesman.com on the University of Idaho's budget situation. The U of I and LCSC kicked off a full week of education budget hearings in JFAC, which continue tomorrow with BSU, ISU and health education programs. For next…

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Proposed law would make graffiti a felony 

Here's a news item from the AP: BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho police say the growing menace of graffiti merits felony punishment. They're pushing a bill to create stiff fines of up to $5,000 and 5 years in prison for recalcitrant taggers whose art work…

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Minnick: No earmarks in 2010

Idaho Rep. Walt Minnick has announced that he'll refrain from seeking any earmarks in Congress in 2010, just as he did in 2009. He's the only one in Idaho's four-member congressional delegation who refrains from the earmark process, which lawmakers use to send federal money…

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Rep. George Sayler, D-Coeur d'Alene, left, talks with anti-hunger activists at "Idaho Hunger Awareness Day" in the Statehouse rotunda on Monday. Fifteen anti-hunger groups from around the state came to hold displays and talk about how Idaho can fight hunger. (Betsy Russell)

Fighting hunger with lunch...

Rep. George Sayler, D-Coeur d'Alene, talks with members of the Idaho Hunger Relief Task Force at "Idaho Hunger Awareness Day" in the fourth-floor Statehouse rotunda today; fifteen hunger relief and nutrition groups from around the state are presenting displays and information about fighting hunger. They're…

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UI mulls 'scaled' furlough

To cope with additional budget cuts that loom this year, University of Idaho President Duane Nellis says the university is "looking seriously at the possibility of a furlough," and is examining a scaled approach, in which lower-paid workers would see less furlough, but higher-paid employees…

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John Hammel, dean of the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences at the University of Idaho, tells legislative budget writers Monday that more cuts in extension funding are coming. (Betsy Russell)

Dean: Farmers support schools through taxes

John Hammel, dean of the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences at the University of Idaho, said deep cuts loom in extension funding. Responding to a question from Rep. Shirley Ringo, D-Moscow, however, he bristled at a contention in a recent Lewiston Tribune editorial that…

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Nellis: 'How slim a margin we have'

Legislative budget writers were very keen this morning to ask about the University of Idaho's net asset balances, which reports show at $38 million to $40 million. "How much of that unrestricted assets could be used in economic difficulties like we're in now, in order…

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Rep. Clark announces upcoming retirement 

Rep. Jim Clark, R-Hayden Lake, has announced that he'll retire after this year, after serving 14 years in the state House of Representatives. Clark, who is the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, said he feels he's accomplished his goals. Seven years ago, in 2003,…

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Paul Agidius, president of the State Board of Education, addresses JFAC on Monday morning, kicking off a week of education budget hearings. Agidius said colleges and universities may have to furlough professors. (Betsy Russell)

State Ed Board: Cuts hurt

Paul Agidius, president of the State Board of Education, is kicking off a week of education budget hearings by addressing JFAC on behalf of the board. His pitch: Cuts hurt, more will hurt more, and education can help lead the state out of the recession.…

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