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Eye On Boise archive for Jan. 18, 2011

TUESDAY, JAN. 18, 2011

Lawmakers raise questions about reform plan 13 

Key Idaho lawmakers raised serious questions Tuesday about state Superintendent of Schools Tom Luna's sweeping education reform plan, which he detailed to nearly half the Legislature in a massive joint committee hearing. Luna's plan relies on raising class sizes and employing fewer teachers, administrators and…

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Megaloads now won't move 'til Feb. 1 

ITD now says the ConocoPhillips megaloads won't start moving until Feb. 1, rather than on Monday. The agency earlier today said the loads could start rolling Monday, but then it learned that Conoco wouldn't be ready by then, so it changed the permit date to…

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Task force backs $10 car fee hike 

The legislative task force on alternative funding for ISP and state parks has voted unanimously to propose a $10 vehicle registration fee increase to make up the Idaho State Police's lost funding when it loses gas tax funds. The $10 per vehicle increase would raise…

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Gibbs wants Geddes' Senate seat

Rep. Marcus Gibbs, R-Grace, says he's seeking the appointment to replace Sen. Bob Geddes in the Senate now that Geddes is the new chairman of the state Tax Commission. Gibbs, who like Geddes represents District 31 in southeastern Idaho, is in his second term in…

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Sen. Bob Geddes is named the new head of the Idaho State Tax Commission on Tuesday by Gov. Butch Otter (Betsy Russell)

Geddes: 'All people treated fairly' 

Senate President Pro-Tem Brent Hill said of Sen. Bob Geddes, the new chairman of the Idaho State Tax Commission, "He has truly been a statesman. He has been a resource for each of us. ... One of the important institutions, the institution that collects our…

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ITD to let Conoco megaloads roll Monday

Idaho will let the four ConocoPhillips megaloads of oil equipment start traveling U.S. Highway 12 on Monday, Idaho Transportation Director Brian Ness announced today. "I am convinced the record showed the loads can be moved safely, without damage to the roads and bridges and with…

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Luna: Korea increased class sizes 

Rep. Shirley Ringo, D-Moscow, asked state schools Supt. Tom Luna, "Do you have a notion whether countries such as China and India are having to lower their investment in education, or if they're in fact raising their investment?" Luna responded, "Korea made the distinct decision…

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'Fractional ADA' plan would shift funding

Senate Education Chairman John Goedde, R-Coeur d'Alene, asked Luna how his proposal for "fractional ADA" would work. ADA is average daily attendance, and is a major piece in how the state parcels out funding to school districts. Luna said, "We're paying to educate the same…

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Hagedorn: What if we cut ed further?

Rep. Marv Hagedorn, R-Meridian, asked Luna, "If this body were only able to appropriate 95 percent of the governor's recommendation, ... what would you have to trim off?" Luna responded, "I did not come prepared with those kinds of numbers. ... I would have to…

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Luna: 'This is why I was elected' 

After passing out a summary of his budget proposals over the next six years, Luna said, "Basically what this chart shows you is that we can have an education system that educates more students at a higher level with limited resources." He noted that some…

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