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Eye On Boise archive for Jan. 14, 2011

FRIDAY, JAN. 14, 2011

From left, Jim Weatherby, Betsy Russell, Dan Popkey, Marc Johnson, and host Thanh Tan on the set of "Idaho Reports," the first episode of which airs Friday night and focuses on Gov. Butch Otter's State of the State message and budget proposal, and state Superintendent of Schools Tom Luna's education reform plan. (Kevin Televs)

The week that was... 

On tonight's "Idaho Reports" on Idaho Public TV, I join host Thanh Tan, Marc Johnson, Dan Popkey and Jim Weatherby to discuss the events of the week, including Gov. Butch Otter's State of the State message and state Superintendent of Schools Tom Luna's education reform…

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Dems slam Luna reform plan 

Idaho Democrats have issued a statement slamming state Superintendent of Schools Tom Luna's sweeping school-reform plan. Among their comments: "If after four years of his leadership, our public school system is 'broken,' why should any parent, student or voter put the slightest faith in any…

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Idahoan is new chief of staff for VP Biden

Bruce Reed, son of former state Sen. Mary Lou Reed of Coeur d'Alene and Coeur d'Alene attorney Scott Reed, was named Vice President Joe Biden's chief of staff today. You can read the official White House press release here. “I’ve known and admired Bruce for…

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Energy rebate extension in the works

For the past five years, developers of geothermal, solar or wind power generation facilities have gotten a rebate from the state for the sales tax they pay on the major, permanent equipment that goes into their plants, but the tax credit will expire in June.…

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Wayne Hammon, Gov. Butch Otter's budget chief, presents the budgets for the executive office of the governor and the state Division of Financial Management to lawmakers Friday. Among money-saving moves he shared: Interns now are unpaid. (Betsy Russell)

Money-saving move: Interns now unpaid 

The governor's office and his Division of Financial Management have eliminated pay for their interns, as part of money-saving moves, DFM administrator Wayne Hammon told JFAC this morning, as he presented the two agencies' budget pitches to lawmakers. "In 2012, the budget is flat compared…

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On estimating revenues... 

Rep. Maxine Bell, R-Jerome, quoted John Maynard Keynes, saying, "It's better to be roughly right than precisely wrong," as she moved for JFAC to accept the revenue committee's report. Added Sen. Dean Cameron, R-Rupert, "The only thing that we're certain is that we're all wrong."

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Sen. John Goedde, left, and Rep. Cliff Bayer, right, present the Legislature's Economic Outlook & Revenue Projection Committee's estimates of tax revenues to the joint budget committee on Friday. (Betsy Russell)

JFAC hears from revenue panel

Economic Outlook & Revenue Assessment committee co-chairs Rep. Cliff Bayer and Sen. John Goedde are presenting the joint panel's recommendation to JFAC this morning. Bayer noted that the recommendation includes "that we maintain some flexibility in looking at these numbers as they come in." Goedde…

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