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Eye On Boise archive for March 2012


Public testimony wraps up on tax cut... 

Public testimony has wrapped up on the tax cut bill, and Sen. Chuck Winder, R-Meridian, is now giving his final comments to the Senate tax committee. "This tax relief will help Idaho's economy and Idaho's taxpayers; after all this is their money and not ours,"…

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Sen. Johnson, man of the hour...

Idaho Statesman columnist Dan Popkey writes today about appointed Sen. Dan Johnson, R-Lewiston, the swing vote in this morning's Senate committee consideration of the House-passed tax cut bill. "The most important lawmaker in Idaho today is an appointed senator who’s spent three months on the…

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Joint Finance-Appropriations Committee debates on Wednesday as the end of Idaho's legislative session nears. (Betsy Russell)

First two transfers approved unanimously

The first two year-end transfers from the state's general fund approved this afternoon by JFAC: $2 million to the disaster emergency fund; and $21.5 million to the public education stabilization fund, the state's savings account for schools. Next up: Discussion of transfers to the budget…

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House, Senate adjourn, JFAC to meet...

Both the House and the Senate are now adjourning for the day, and JFAC is preparing to meet. Senate Majority Leader Bart Davis said, as to whether the Legislature can adjourn tomorrow, "I remain hopeful that that is possible ... but I wouldn't give Friday…

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Amended animal cruelty bill clears House

The amended Senate animal cruelty bill, SB 1303a, has passed the House on a 64-2 vote, with just Reps. Dick Harwood and Paul Shepherd voting no. The bill, which makes the most aggravated charge of animal cruelty a felony on a third offense, was amended…

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Youth Challenge bill passes House, 50-19

HB 662, to fund the proposed National Guard Youth Challenge school in Pierce in north-central Idaho as an alternative school, has passed the House on a 50-19 vote. Rep. Reed DeMordaunt, R-Eagle, told the House, "These are not additional dollars that we are asking for,…

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