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Eye On Boise archive for March 5, 2012


Rep. Cronin won't seek a third term in House

Two-term Rep. Brian Cronin, D-Boise, has announced that he won't seek re-election, citing "strains" on his professional and family life, "pressures that I simply can no longer ignore." Click below for Cronin's full statement. He said, "I remain committed to the concept of public service,…

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Sen. Smyser won't seek re-election

Two-term state Sen. Melinda Smyser, R-Parma, has announced that she won't run for re-election. "Because of my friendship with and respect for Senator Patti Anne Lodge, I will not run for re-election to the new District 11 Senate seat," Smyser said in a statement. "Redistricting…

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House honors Manning on his retirement

Longtime state official Darrell Manning was honored on his retirement today with passage of HCR 46 in the House, "honoring and commending" him for his service to the state. The resolution was co-sponsored by Reps. Max Black, R-Boise; Marv Hagedorn, R-Meridian; and Wendy Jaquet, D-Ketchum,…

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New version of VINE fee bill passes House

The House has voted 55-13 in favor of HB 595, the new version of the $10 fee bill on offenders to fund a crime victim notification service called VINE, which stands for Victim Information and Notification Everyday. The service notifies victims if the offender is…

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Talking to reporters, Idaho schools Supt. Tom Luna praises the budget state lawmakers set for public schools for next year on Monday morning. (Betsy Russell)

Luna praises new school budget 

Idaho state schools Superintendent Tom Luna is praising the budget set by JFAC today for public schools. "I think the outlook is very bright, especially when you consider some of the doomsday scenarios," he told reporters. The budget for schools for next year shows a…

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IDLA would get one-time funding 'bridge'

In the division of the public school budget dubbed "children's programs," JFAC has set a budget that includes one-time funding for the Idaho Digital Learning Academy for next year of $4 million, in addition to the $1.1 million IDLA would get under a funding formula;…

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Debate begins Monday on the public school budget in the Idaho Legislature's joint budget committee. (Betsy Russell)

School budget debate begins...

The public schools budget, the single largest slice of Idaho's state budget, is set in six individual pieces. The first up this morning is the Division of Administrators. Sen. Dean Mortimer, R-Idaho Falls, proposed a motion with no line items added that reflects a 5.5…

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In the background are lobbyists Jason Kreizenbeck and Skip Smyser, who represent Corrections Corp. of America, as legislative budget writers review the corrections budget early Monday morning. (Betsy Russell)

Big budgets draw high-powered scrutiny...

As the Joint Finance-Appropriations Committee gathered for its early-morning work session today on two big budgets - public schools and corrections - the usual crew of committee members, staffers and reporters were joined by two lobbyists, Skip Smyser and Jason Kreizenbeck, who represent Corrections Corp.…

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