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Eye On Boise archive for Jan. 2010

WEDNESDAY, JAN. 27, 2010

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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TUESDAY, JAN. 26, 2010

Report: Idaho should replace its worst prisons

Idaho should start planning now to replace the state's most outdated, inefficient, hard-to-staff and expensive-to-run prisons, a new report from the Legislature Office of Performance Evaluations found today, a move that would yield big long-term savings and set the state up to better manage the…

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GOP congressional candidate Vaughn Ward kicks off an 18-stop official announcement tour of the 1st Congressional District with a Statehouse press conference on Tuesday. Ward faces state Rep. Raul Labrador in the GOP contest for a chance to challenge Democratic Congressman Walt Minnick. (Betsy Russell)

Ward launches 18-stop tour of state 

GOP congressional candidate Vaughn Ward was enthusiastically endorsed by former Idaho Gov. Dirk Kempthorne, state Superintendent of Schools Tom Luna, former state Board of Education President Milford Terrell and Canyon County Prosecutor John Bujak at a Statehouse press conference on Tuesday as he kicked off…

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Vailas: Record enrollment at ISU

Idaho State University President Arthur Vailas told lawmakers ISU has a record enrollment this year by headcount, which includes all students, full and part-time, professional-technical and academic, graduate and undergraduate. That figure at ISU this year is 15,553, and includes students from across the nation…

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How funding compares for each university... 

BSU President Bob Kustra displayed a pie chart to legislative budget writers showing the amount of state general funds per student that each Idaho four-year college or university receives. The amounts: $8,946 at the University of Idaho; $7,324 at Idaho State University; $5,459 at Lewis-Clark…

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Lawmakers question university reserves

Rep. Darrell Bolz, R-Caldwell, House Appropriations vice-chairman, questioned BSU President Bob Kustra about the university's unrestricted net assets, just as he questioned University of Idaho President Duane Nellis about that a day earlier. "How much of that money could be used today to help us…

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MONDAY, JAN. 25, 2010

Falling funding for higher ed...

Here's a link to my full story at 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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