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Eye On Boise archive for April 2011


The public school budget...

The public school budget that's now being debated in the Senate is $1.224 billion in state general funds and $1.56 billion total, a $47 million cut from this year's level, which saw a historic $128.5 million cut from the previous year. That's a 3 percent…

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Senate takes up public school budget

The Senate has taken up one of the biggest bills of the session: SB 1206, the public schools budget. It's the single largest slice of Idaho's state budget, and includes controversial cuts, including a cut in teacher pay. Sen. Dean Mortimer, R-Idaho Falls, told senators,…

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Of facts, rhymes, and megaloads... 

When the Senate debated HB 193a yesterday, the bill to allow courts to require big cash bonds before a lawsuit could be filed against a megaload or other transportation project on Idaho roads, the Senate sponsor, John McGee, R-Caldwell, said in his closing debate that…

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Off-track betting bill passes the Senate

An off-track betting bill has passed the Senate on a 26-9 vote; HB 191 would let racetracks at county fairgrounds that already have licenses for betting on simulcasts of races elsewhere transfer their licenses to a more suitable location, rather than the track itself. "This…

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Wolf disaster bill passes House 

The House has voted 64-5 in favor of HB 343, a measure declaring a disaster emergency in the state due to wolves. Rep. Judy Boyle, R-Midvale, said the measure was necessary to protect the "safety of our citizens and livestock producers." Rep. Lenore Barrett, R-Challis,…

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Senate passes 'Hire One Act,' 30-5

The Senate has voted 30-5 to pass HB 297, Gov. Butch Otter's "Hire One Act" to give a tax credit to employers who make new hires, with the amount varying based on their rating in the state unemployment system. "It provides an incentive to Idaho…

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