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Eye On Boise archive for Feb. 2011

THURSDAY, FEB. 3, 2011

Job tax credit bill held up for fixes

The Idaho Chamber Alliance proposed legislation this morning for a new refundable tax credit for new jobs, at 4 percent of gross wages. But amid questions in the House Rev & Tax Committee, the bill was held for fixes. The statement of purpose said the…

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'Increasing revenue without raising taxes' 

The first year of a four-year, phased-in tax compliance initiative doubled its goal, state Tax Commissioner David Langhorst told JFAC this morning. In fiscal year 2010, $1.5 million in budget stabilization funds was spent to hire 41 temporary staff in audits and collections, with a…

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Of tax compliance and state revenue...

At the state Tax Commission, "voluntary compliance" means people pay their taxes as required by law, without the commission having to go after them through audits, collections and enforcement to get them to pay up. In 2010, the state collected $2.78 billion through that "voluntary…

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The politics of fees... 

Here's some insight into the late-afternoon turnaround yesterday by the legislative task force on alternative funding for the Idaho State Police and state parks: In the current atmosphere - including yesterday's House rejection of a small fee increase on criminal offenders to help fund the…

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Six of seven urban renewal bills introduced

Six of the seven urban renewal bills were introduced on unanimous votes, clearing the way for full hearings; they'll appear online on the Legislature's website with bill numbers tomorrow. The first, a compromise bill from Rep. Mike Moyle, R-Star, and the Meridian Urban Renewal District,…

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About 75 protesters opposed to megaloads on U.S. Highway 12 rally on the Statehouse steps on Wednesday; behind them, a large group of home-schooled students at the Capitol for their annual "Pie Day" files out of the Statehouse. (Betsy Russell)

Megaloads opponents protest at Capitol

About 75 protesters gathered on the state Capitol steps today to object to megaloads on U.S. Highway 12 in north-central Idaho, and then filed into the state Capitol, lined up outside the governor's office, and individually presented the governor's office with more than 100 letters…

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January revenue $15M over forecast

Here's a news item from the Associated Press: BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho's January tax revenue likely beat forecasts by about $15 million. The news, which indicates the economy could be picking up steam, may help mitigate concerns that arose last week about a yawning…

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Lawmakers take aim at children's treaty 

Here's a news item from the Associated Press: BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho's Republican-dominated Legislature is taking aim at a global children's rights treaty the United States has yet to ratify, backing an amendment to the Constitution to protect parental rights as a buffer against…

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IDWR shrinks with budget cuts...

The proposed general-fund appropriation for the Idaho Department of Water Resources next year is about equal to its levels from 2002 and 2005, interim director Gary Spackman told JFAC this morning. The agency would take another 1.4 percent cut next year, under the governor's budget…

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Possible meningitis case at UI

Here's a news item from the Associated Press: MOSCOW, Idaho (AP) — University of Idaho officials say a student is suspected of having bacterial meningitis. The university said Tuesday it is working with public health officials and is notifying students, faculty, staff and parents of…

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A home-schooling coalition holds its annual "Pie Day" in the state capitol, when it hands out homemade pie to lawmakers and features display from and about home-schooled students. (Betsy Russell)

It's 'Pie Day' in the capitol

It's "Pie Day," when the Idaho Coalition of Home Educators brings large quantities of homemade pie, along with displays from and about home-schooled students, to the state Capitol. The event, in the fourth-floor rotunda of the capitol, is scheduled to run from 7:30 a.m. to…

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