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Eye On Boise archive for Jan. 1, 2011

TUESDAY, JAN. 18, 2011


Gibbs wants Geddes' Senate seat

Rep. Marcus Gibbs, R-Grace, says he's seeking the appointment to replace Sen. Bob Geddes in the Senate now that Geddes is the new chairman of the state Tax Commission. Gibbs, who like Geddes represents District 31 in southeastern Idaho, is in his second term in…

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Sen. Bob Geddes is named the new head of the Idaho State Tax Commission on Tuesday by Gov. Butch Otter (Betsy Russell)

Geddes: 'All people treated fairly' 

Senate President Pro-Tem Brent Hill said of Sen. Bob Geddes, the new chairman of the Idaho State Tax Commission, "He has truly been a statesman. He has been a resource for each of us. ... One of the important institutions, the institution that collects our…

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ITD to let Conoco megaloads roll Monday

Idaho will let the four ConocoPhillips megaloads of oil equipment start traveling U.S. Highway 12 on Monday, Idaho Transportation Director Brian Ness announced today. "I am convinced the record showed the loads can be moved safely, without damage to the roads and bridges and with…

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Luna: Korea increased class sizes 

Rep. Shirley Ringo, D-Moscow, asked state schools Supt. Tom Luna, "Do you have a notion whether countries such as China and India are having to lower their investment in education, or if they're in fact raising their investment?" Luna responded, "Korea made the distinct decision…

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'Fractional ADA' plan would shift funding

Senate Education Chairman John Goedde, R-Coeur d'Alene, asked Luna how his proposal for "fractional ADA" would work. ADA is average daily attendance, and is a major piece in how the state parcels out funding to school districts. Luna said, "We're paying to educate the same…

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Hagedorn: What if we cut ed further?

Rep. Marv Hagedorn, R-Meridian, asked Luna, "If this body were only able to appropriate 95 percent of the governor's recommendation, ... what would you have to trim off?" Luna responded, "I did not come prepared with those kinds of numbers. ... I would have to…

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Luna: 'This is why I was elected' 

After passing out a summary of his budget proposals over the next six years, Luna said, "Basically what this chart shows you is that we can have an education system that educates more students at a higher level with limited resources." He noted that some…

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Luna: School cuts are the 'new normal'

"Our thinking and hope was that the economic situation was temporary and would improve sooner rather than later," state Supt. Tom Luna said as he began his public schools budget presentation. So various cuts were made, from transportation and maintenance to furloughs for teachers, and…

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