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Eye On Boise archive for Feb. 18, 2011

FRIDAY, FEB. 18, 2011

From left, Betsy Russell, Jim Weatherby, Jessie Bonner, Clark Corbin and host Greg Hahn on Friday night's "Idaho Reports" program on  Idaho Public Television.

The week that was... 

On tonight's “Idaho Reports” on Idaho Public TV, I join host Greg Hahn, Jim Weatherby, Jessie Bonner and Clark Corbin to discuss the events of the week, and Greg interviews Sen. Shawn Keough, R-Sandpoint, and Rep. Fred Wood, R-Burley, about the state budget. The show…

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First lady urges support for reform plan 10 

Idaho First Lady Lori Otter, a former teacher, has sent out an op-ed piece in favor of the "Students Come First" school reform plan being pushed by her husband, Gov. Butch Otter, and state schools Supt. Tom Luna. "As a former teacher, I am excited…

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Medicaid rallies set Sat. across the state

Seventeen rallies will be held across the state Saturday to "tell legislators why Medicaid matters," with families and businesses gathering to discuss the impact of proposed cuts to the program on people with disabilities, their families, businesses and communities. The rallies will include on on…

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The budget target... 

Here's a link to my full story at on today's JFAC decision on a budget target for next year - one that would force $57 million more in cuts than already recommended by Gov. Butch Otter.

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Idaho Dem party criticizes GOP lawmakers 

The Idaho Democratic Party has issued a statement criticizing GOP state lawmakers for "being anti-healthcare reform, anti-assisted suicide, anti-education funding, anti-urban renewal, anti-labor, and the list goes on," but not enacting jobs legislation. “Republican leaders’ idea of addressing jobs is by suggesting thousands of jobs…

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The Joint Finance-Appropriations Committee debates supplemental appropriations on Friday morning; the joint committee is scheduled to start setting state agency budgets next week. (Betsy Russell)

JFAC tackles supplementals...

This morning, the Joint Finance-Appropriations Committee is handling supplemental appropriations for the current year, some of which are fairly minor, like shifts of a small amount of money from one spending category to another within an agency. Some of the more substantive requests have been…

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