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Eye On Boise archive for Jan. 2013

WEDNESDAY, JAN. 9, 2013

TUESDAY, JAN. 8, 2013





Senate Minority Leader Michelle Stennett, D-Ketchum, right, answers questions along with other Senate and House Democratic leaders, as they respond Tuesday to the governor's State of the State message a day earlier. (AP / Todd Dvorak)

Dems respond to State of the State

Here's a news item from the Associated Press: BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho Democrats are open to a $141 million personal property tax cut proposed by Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter, provided there's something in it for local governments. The minority party Tuesday offered its annual…

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Digging into gov's budget...

As members of the Joint Finance-Appropriations Committee began digging through Gov. Butch Otter’s budget proposal this morning, Rep. Shirley Ringo, D-Moscow, questioned how Otter can say the budget is structurally balanced when it doesn’t address state employee pay that lags behind market rates and a…

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MONDAY, JAN. 7, 2013


Idaho libraries launch 'citizen tools' portal

The Idaho Commission for Libraries has launched a new “citizen tools portal” to help people access, track and participate in state government in Idaho. It includes information on following the legislative process, accessing the courts, and finding and verifying news online. You can access the…

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Gov. Butch Otter is applauded by lawmakers at the end of his State of the State message on Monday (Betsy Russell)

Otter: Start where all agree

As he closed his “State of the State” message, Gov. Butch Otter noted Idaho’s recent ranking of second in the nation for volunteering. That’s “in our DNA,” he said. “It’s who we are. It’s who you are, and I’m proud to join you in pressing…

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Idaho roadless rule upheld in court 

Gov. Butch Otter departed from his prepared remarks, just as he was highlighting “the damage that federal court rulings can do to our traditional industries and our Idaho lifestyle.” The governor told lawmakers, “In fact we learned just this morning that Idaho won its case…

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Otter pitches 'Hire One Hero' program

A legislative initiative Gov. Butch Otter is outlining is an expansion of the “Hire One Act” that he successfully pushed for in 2011. The new legislation would clarify the existing tax credit for new employees, plus add $1,000 to the employer’s credit if the new…

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Otter's budget: A 3.1% increase

Otter’s first hint about the state budget he’s proposing for next year: He doesn’t want state government to grow as fast as “our economy and the people’s ability to pay for it.” Therefore, he said, his budget will call for a 3.1 percent increase in…

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