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Eye On Boise archive for Jan. 13, 2011

THURSDAY, JAN. 13, 2011

ITD files megaloads response

ITD has filed its own response to the appeal from opponents of its decision to grant permits for ConocoPhillips to transport four megaloads of oil refinery equipment across U.S. Highway 12 in north-central Idaho; you can read it here. The ITD response says, "The hearing…

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Lake motion passes, 12-3

The revenue committee has voted 12-3 in favor of Lake's motion, to adopt the governor's recommendation. Before the vote, Sen. Nicole LeFavour, D-Boise, proposed a substitute motion of $2,359.2 million for 2011 and $2,521.5 million for 2012, but her motion died for lack of a…

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Lawmakers on the revenue committee, including Sen. John Goedde, center, and Sen. Brent Hill, left, confer during a break in their meeting Thursday. (Betsy Russell)

Concerns about revenue, impact

Rep. Nicole LeFavour, D-Boise, said, "I really would want to caution us against setting a number that's a lil too dire, because those really are substantial to the lives of a lot of people, when we start setting the Medicaid budget. I'm concerned that the…

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First motion dies for lack of second

The first motion, from Rep. Janice McGeachin, R-Idaho Falls, was for $2,305 billion for for fy 2011, and $2,376 million for fy 2012, but her motion died for lack of a second. Then, House Tax Chairman Dennis Lake, R-Blackfoot, moved the governor's recommendation, $2,359.2 for…

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The Legislature's Joint Economic Outlook & Revenue Assessment Committee convenes on Thursday (Betsy Russell)

Revenue panel convenes

The Economic Outlook and Revenue Assessment Committee has started its meeting. The task: Set a revenue forecast on which the Legislature can base its budgeting for the coming year. Each member of the joint committee has turned in his or her forecast, as is customary.…

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Groups: Guv's approach overlooks consequences

United Vision for Idaho, a coalition of Idaho nonprofit groups, convened a dozen of them, ranging from the Idaho Community Action Network to the Interfaith Alliance to Church Women United, to watch Gov. Butch Otter's State of the State message on Monday. The groups then…

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Jim Carlson is the new executive director of the Idaho Judicial Council, replacing Bob Hamlin, who retired after 29 years. Here, Carlson gives the council's annual report to the Legislature's joint budget committee. (Betsy Russell)

Carlson is new Idaho Judicial Council head

The Idaho Judicial Council's executive director, Bob Hamlin, has retired after 29 years. The new director is Jim Carlson, who is now making the council's annual presentation to JFAC. A longtime attorney and former deputy Idaho attorney general, Carlson is the son of former state…

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Courts trim costs, services in budget crunch

Idaho's court system isn't requesting any increased funding next year, and instead has agreed to a 1 percent cut to help balance the state budget, Patti Tobias, administrative director of the courts, told legislative budget writers this morning. The courts have three vacant magistrate judgeships…

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Jackpot jumps sales at North Idaho store

Lottery ticket sales have jumped at Ady’s Convenience Store & Car Wash on Seltice Way in Post Falls, where the winning ticket for a Mega Millions $190 million jackpot was sold. The winner, Holly Lahti of Rathdrum, was a regular customer at the convenience store;…

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Idaho Secretary of State Ben Ysursa makes his budget presentation to the Legislature's Joint Finance-Appropriations Committee on Wednesday. His budget request for next year is down - because next year's not an election  year; his office runs state elections. (Betsy Russell)

Ysursa: 'Doing more with less'

Idaho Secretary of State Ben Ysursa told JFAC, "As all agencies are doing, we're doing more with less. Various positions, especially in our commercial affairs area, remain unfilled, but yet our work continues to get done." He said, "We will start filling those hopefully when…

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ISP patrol force is at 1977 levels

Sen. Dean Mortimer, R-Idaho Falls, asked ISP Chief Jerry Russell if it's true that ISP still has the same number of officers patrolling today as it did in 1977. "You're right as far as our staffing level," Russell responded. He said of the current patrol…

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