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Eye On Boise archive for March 28, 2011

MONDAY, MARCH 28, 2011

The school budget...

Here's a link to my full story at on the public school budget set by JFAC today, the single largest slide of the state budget and the focus of much angst in this year of budget-cutting. Idaho's public schools would see a $47 million…

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Roberts moves to scuttle wind energy deal

Here's a news item from the Associated Press: BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The future of Idaho's sales tax rebate for wind power developments is in limbo after a lawmaker introduced a measure to scuttle a deal that industry and utilities worked out last Friday. Republican…

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Closed primary bill introduced

Here's a news item from the Associated Press: BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Republicans introduced a bill in the Senate to close their GOP primary to all but registered party voters starting in 2012. Under Monday's measure, Republicans would vote in GOP primary races, while Democrats…

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Sen. Patti Anne Lodge, R-Huston, opens debate in the Senate on Monday on HB 260, the bill to cut $108 million from Idaho's Medicaid services, including $35 million in state general funds. (Betsy Russell)

Senate takes up Medicaid cuts...

The Senate has begun debating HB 260, the House-passed bill to cut $108 million out of the state's Medicaid program, including $35 million in state general funds. "Suggestions were received and heard, adjustments were made," Senate Health & Welfare Chairwoman Patti Anne Lodge, R-Huston, told…

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Rep. Wendy Jaquet, D-Ketchum, pushed for $10 million more to cover enrollment growth at Idaho colleges and universities, but was defeated in the Joint Finance-Appropriations Committee on Monday. (Betsy Russell)

Funding boost for colleges fails

JFAC has voted 7-13, defeating a motion from Rep. Wendy Jaquet, D-Ketchum, to shift $10 million from a $25 million unused fund balance at the state Division for Veterans Affairs into higher education, to fund unfunded enrollment growth costs at the state's universities and community…

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Maintenance match would be suspended

Among the provisions in the extensive "legislative intent" language that accompanies the public school budget is a clause to suspend the state's "maintenance match" requirement to school districts for next year, which saves the state $1.8 million. Sen. Shawn Keough, R-Sandpoint, said a separate piece…

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Democrats on JFAC, including Rep. Shirley Ringo, D-Moscow, right, tried to add $10 million to the public school budget on Monday morning, but the move failed on a 6-14 vote. (Betsy Russell)

Dems' motion fails, 6-14

The Democrats' attempt to add $10 million to discretionary funds for school districts next year, tapping an unused balance in a school facilities fund, has failed on a 6-14 vote, with GOP Sens. Joyce Broadsword, R-Sagle, and Mitch Toryanski, R-Boise, joining the four Democrats on…

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