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Eye On Boise archive for Jan. 13, 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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