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Eye On Boise archive for Feb. 28, 2012

TUESDAY, FEB. 28, 2012




Sen. Brent Hill presides over the Senate on Tuesday afternoon. (Betsy Russell)

Senate back in, wolf bill on agenda...

The Senate has reconvened for its afternoon session, which Senate Majority Leader Bart Davis announced earlier will include SB 1305, the controversial wolf-kill bill that allows ranchers to use a variety of means, from aerial shooting to live bait, to target and shoot wolves that…

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McGee resigns as Canyon GOP chairman 

Here's a news item from the Associated Press: NAMPA, Idaho (AP) — Former Caldwell Senator John McGee has stepped down as chairman of the Canyon County Republican Central Committee. The decision to leave the committee post came days after McGee resigned his Senate seat amid…

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Who would benefit from tax cut... 

The $35.7 million tax cut bill that cleared the House Rev & Tax Committee today would go only to those paying Idaho's corporate income tax, and to top earners who are paying at the highest individual income tax rate. That's because the bill lowers rates…

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John Watts, lobbyist for the Idaho Chamber Alliance, testifies in favor of tax-cut legislation on Tuesday. (Betsy Russell)

Testimony: 'Mediocrity won't cut it'

John Watts, lobbyist for the Idaho Chamber Alliance, spoke in favor of HB 563, the $35.7 million tax cut bill. "A corporate tax cut would put Idaho in the game," he said; Idaho's corporate tax rate currently ranks 23rd in the nation, he said, but…

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Rep. Wendy Jaquet, D-Ketchum, right, speaks up during a budget debate in the Joint Finance-Appropriations Committee on Tuesday morning. (Betsy Russell)

JFAC gets down to details...

JFAC members were at odds this morning over a $6,900 difference in a budget proposal for the Idaho Secretary of State's office for next year, for travel funds for the four members of the Commission on Uniform Laws to attend an annual conference this year…

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Rev & Tax kills port districts bill

Here's a news item from the Associated Press: BOISE, Idaho — House lawmakers sank a proposal to expand port districts from Idaho's rivers to the state's other transportation thoroughfares. The Revenue and Taxation Committee voted 15-3 Monday against Coeur d'Alene Sen. John Goedde's measure to…

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