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Eye On Boise archive for Jan. 27, 2010

WEDNESDAY, JAN. 27, 2010

Lawmakers leery of removing IPTV funding

Here's a link to my full story at on the reaction from lawmakers today to the governor's plan to phase out state funding for Idaho Public Television over the next four years. "I just don't see this committee doing that," said Sen. Dean Cameron,…

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Sen. Gary Schroeder, R-Moscow, is chairman of the House Resources Committee. On Wednesday, he proposed legislation in the committee to make the state Board of Parks & Recreation advisory and let the governor, rather than the board, hire and fire the  state parks director. Schroeder said he hopes the bill doesn't have to advance, but he was sending a message to the parks board to let the director make major management changes. (Betsy Russell)

Senate bill goes after state Parks Board 

The Senate Resources Committee has voted unanimously to introduce legislation from Sen. Gary Schroeder, R-Moscow, to make the state Board of Parks and Recreation advisory, and let the governor appoint the state parks director. The board now hires the director. Schroeder, the committee's chairman, said…

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House Minority Caucus Chair Bill Killen, D-Boise, speaks at a Democratic press conference on Wednesday at which House and Senate Democrats unveiled a six-bill jobs plan. (Betsy Russell)

Dems unveil jobs plan

House and Senate Democrats held a press conference today to unveil a six-bill jobs package that includes fast-tracking renewable energy projects; setting up a new "jobs council" under the governor's office; providing state help to expanding small businesses; offering a tax credit for venture capital…

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Why they can't just put on commercials... 

Sen. Jeff Siddoway, R-Terreton, asked IPTV head Peter Morrill, "Could you just do regular commercial advertisements like any other television station?" Morrill noted that IPTV raises more private money than many of its peer networks. But, he said, "Idaho Public Television is licensed by the…

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Sen. Brackett asks if he can go on TV 

Sen. Bert Brackett, R-Rogerson, asked IPTV General Manager Peter Morrill if he'd be allowed to come on IPTV to advocate for or against funding. "We really haven't produced any TV programs about the funding issue for Idaho Public Television," Morrill responded. "If we were to…

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CSI: 'We've cut to the bare bones'

The College of Southern Idaho in Twin Falls supported formation of the College of Western Idaho in the Treasure Valley, CSI President Jerry Beck told lawmakers, but it did cost CSI money - it's no longer billing Ada and County counties for tuition for students…

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Slicing the budget pie...

Sen. Dean Cameron, R-Rupert, asked North Idaho College President Priscilla Bell about her support for a proposed $1.047 million additional allocation to College of Western Idaho next year for its enrollment growth. "I want to gauge your level of support - are you willing to…

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Rep. Cliff Bayer, R-Boise, right, and Sen. John Goedde, R-Coeur d'Alene, left, present the report of the Legislature's joint revenue committee to legislative budget writers on Wednesday. JFAC accepted the report, but not the numbers - making no commitment as to what figures it'll use to set the state budget. By the time the budget panel starts setting budgets in late February, the state may have more revenue figures from January that aren't yet available. (Betsy Russell)

JFAC accepts revenue report, not numbers

The Joint Finance-Appropriations Committee has received the report and recommendation from the Joint Economic Outlook & Revenue Assessment Committee, and voted unanimously to accept the report - which doesn't mean it's accepting that panel's numbers for the state budget. "The process this morning is for…

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