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Eye On Boise archive for Jan. 12, 2012

THURSDAY, JAN. 12, 2012

AP: Otter backtracks on exchange claim 

Idaho Gov. Butch Otter now says he misspoke when he said Idaho risks losing $300 million in federal matching funds for the state's Medicaid program if it doesn't set up a state-run health insurance exchange. Idaho could lose that money if it fails to complete…

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The Joint Finance-Appropriations Committee considers its first spending on Thursday: $4 million to cover firefighting costs from the forest and range fire season. (Betsy Russell)

This year's state fire-season cost: $4 million

Each year, lawmakers have to authorize payment for costs that have been run up fighting forest and range fires on state lands. This morning, the Joint Finance-Appropriations Committee approved $4 million in fire deficiency warrants, the first state spending the budget committee has approved so…

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Understanding the health insurance exchange...

For a simple, easy-to-understand explanation of the state health insurance exchange issue in a Q-and-A format, check out this report today from Idaho Statesman business reporter Audrey Dutton. Among the questions it answers: What is a health exchange, how would it work, why is it…

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PERSI has had 'two good years of returns' 

The Public Employee Retirement System of Idaho, PERSI, "has experienced two good years of returns and we're cautiously optimistic about the future," PERSI executive director Don Drum told legislative budget writers this morning. "Fiscal year 2011 was a very successful year for PERSI. ... We…

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