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Eye On Boise archive for March 2011


Ed stakeholders air concerns on SB 1184...

Phil Homer, speaking for the Idaho Association of School Administrators, told the House Education Committee, "Without question, we are willing to deal with those cuts caused by the economic downturn. ... However, we do have some issues, after review of SB 1184." He said, "We…

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Deals in the Capitol gift shop today...

The Idaho State Capitol Gift Shop is having a one-day sale today, featuring $10 golf shirts, $15 Idaho state capitol sweatshirts, and "other great bargains." The gift shop is open until 4 p.m. today; it's in the "garden level," or lower level, of the state…

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Hancock: 'That's as local as it gets'

Rep. Brian Cronin, D-Boise, asked Jason Hancock why SB 1184 includes a clause that allows parents to sign up their students for any online course "with or without" the permission of their school or district, and the districts have to pay for it. "I don't…

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Luna: School cuts are 'the new normal'

State schools Supt. Tom Luna told the House Education Committee this morning that the school budget set by JFAC yesterday shows the need for his reform bill, SB 1184. "Here we are facing a third year of funding cuts in our public schools," he said.…

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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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