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Eye On Boise archive for Jan. 1, 2011


Otter sounds cautionary note on budget surplus 

Idaho Gov. Butch Otter is sounding a cautionary note, after November state tax revenues came in $5.4 million below projections, for a cumulative year-to-date shortfall vs. projections of $16.2 million; that's 1.6 percent below the forecast. Since lawmakers and the governor budgeted for spending well…

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TUESDAY, DEC. 6, 2011

MONDAY, DEC. 5, 2011

Consumer protection chief targeted in fraud

Of all the people to be targeted by identify theft: The head of Idaho's consumer protection division? Deputy Attorney General Brett DeLange tells the Idaho Statesman today that fraudulent charges were made to his credit card, and the first he knew of it came when…

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The Boise Airport on a December Monday (Betsy Russell)

A December Monday at the Boise airport...

Things are looking pretty festive today at the Boise Airport, where I'm heading up to North Idaho for a week-long road show of open government seminars sponsored by IDOG, Idahoans for Openness in Government; I'll be in Sandpoint tonight, Coeur d'Alene tomorrow, Moscow Wednesday and…

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FRIDAY, DEC. 2, 2011

THURSDAY, DEC. 1, 2011

AP: BSU names Coyle new athletic director

Here's a news item from the Associated Press: BOISE, Idaho (AP) ― Boise State University has hired Mark Coyle as its new athletic director. University President Bob Kustra hired Coyle on Thursday to take over for Gene Bleymaier, who was let go in August after…

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Lawmakers look ahead to political battles

Idaho's headed for a different kind of legislative session in January, one marked less by painful budget cuts and more by political and philosophical battles, key lawmakers said Thursday; you can read my full story here at House Minority Leader John Rusche, D-Lewiston, noted…

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Senate President Pro-Tem Brent Hill addresses the Associated Taxpayers of Idaho; at left is House Speaker Lawerence Denney, and at right is Randy Nelson, ATI president. (Betsy Russell)

Hill: Lawmakers to 'tweak' ed reforms

Senate President Pro-Tem Brent Hill and House Speaker Lawerence Denney are supposed to be sharing their "game plan for the 2012 legislative session," but Hill said, "Actually we have 105 game plans, folks." That's the number of legislators between both houses. "Everyone running their own…

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Guv is in Florida, Little's acting guv

Here's why Lt. Gov. Brad Little gave the luncheon speech at the Associated Taxpayers of Idaho conference in Boise today, an event that typcially features an address from the governor: Gov. Butch Otter is away in warmer climes, attending a Republican Governors Association conference in…

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