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Eye On Boise archive for Jan. 1, 2014

TUESDAY, JAN. 14, 2014

MONDAY, JAN. 13, 2014

Idaho's no welfare state, lawmakers told 

Idaho is no welfare state, legislators were assured Monday, even though 20 percent of the population now receives some form of public assistance. Idaho's benefits remain paltry compared to most states, and even after big jumps in the state's food stamp rolls through the recession,…

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Rep. Hy Kloc, D-Boise, announces new legislation to launch a pilot state pre-K program in Idaho (Betsy Russell)

Pre-K pilot bill unveiled, supporters gather

An array of backers gathered in a packed state Capitol meeting room this morning to unveil legislation to launch a pilot program for pre-K education in Idaho schools. “This is about the future of this state,” declared Rep. Hy Kloc, D-Boise. “Idaho’s future will be…

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Three state H&W initiatives...

Idaho H&W chief Dick Armstrong this morning highlighted three “important state initiatives” that are coming in the next year: Behavioral health community crisis centers for those with mental health or substance abuse disorders. Three are initially proposed around the state next year, with plans to…

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H&W director Dick Armstrong addresses the Joint Finance Appropriations Committee (Betsy Russell)

H&W chief: 'Idaho is not a welfare state' 

A week of budget hearings on health and human services programs has kicked off this morning in the Joint Finance-Appropriations Committee. Idaho Department of Health & Welfare Director Dick Armstrong told the lawmakers that the department budget for next year reflects only a 1.6 percent…

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FRIDAY, JAN. 10, 2014

From left, Betsy Russell, Jim Weatherby, Kevin Richert, and hosts Melissa Davlin and Aaron Kunz on Idaho Public Television's "Idaho Reports" on Friday (Idaho Public TV / Seth Ogilvie)

The week that was...

On tonight’s “Idaho Reports” program on Idaho Public Television, I join Jim Weatherby, Kevin Richert and hosts Melissa Davlin and Aaron Kunz to discuss the events of the legislative session’s first week, including Idaho political developments. Also, Davlin interviews the co-chairs of the Joint Finance-Appropriations…

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Idaho lawmakers back raises for state workers 

You can read my full story here at on how Idaho lawmakers on a special legislative committee voted unanimously today to give state workers average 2 percent pay boosts next year, despite Gov. Butch Otter’s recommendation for no funding for raises. The joint legislative…

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Idaho exchange enrollment swells

Enrollment in insurance plans through Idaho’s state-run health care exchange has swelled since the federal government fixed the website that residents use to sign up coverage, the AP reports, with about 20,000 Idahoans enrolling in time for their coverage to begin Jan. 1. That’s up…

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