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Eye On Boise archive for Jan. 2014

MONDAY, JAN. 6, 2014

Otter: No Medicaid expansion for now 

Gov. Butch Otter hasn’t included expanding Medicaid in his budget proposal for the coming year. “On the issue of Medicaid expansion, we should not jump into the deep end without knowing what’s on the bottom,” he told lawmakers. “We must not risk our other priorities…

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Idaho Gov. Butch Otter delivers his State of the State message on Monday (Betsy Russell)

Otter on possible tax cuts…

“I’m sure some will argue that the proposals I’m putting forward today are not bold enough, not front-loaded enough or simply not enough,” the governor told a joint session of the Legislature. “But peaks and valleys are not the best way to manage any enterprise…

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Boosting rainy-day funds...

Idaho would boost its rainy-day savings, under Gov. Butch Otter’s budget proposal, plunking another $35 million into the already capped Budget Stabilization Fund, which now has $135.7 million, and creating a “surplus eliminator” for the current year’s budget to put additional funds into the Public…

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Workforce training, community colleges…

Gov. Butch Otter is calling for more partnerships in the state’s workforce training program. “You can expect to see more targeted use of grants for training employees not just for individual businesses, but for the market-driven growth of industry sectors that add value to Idaho’s…

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Governor backs school WiFi contract

Gov. Butch Otter has included money in his proposed state budget for next year to continue the five- to 15-year WiFi contract that state Superintendent of Schools Tom Luna signed this year with Education Networks of America. The initial funding was just from a one-year,…

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Sen. Janie Ward Engelking, D-Boise, with her mother, Eloise Ward (Betsy Russell)

Newest senator sworn in, session ready to start today

The Idaho Senate’s newest member, Sen. Janie Ward-Engelking, D-Boise, was sworn in this morning, as the legislative session kicks off today; here, she’s shown leaving the Senate chamber after the ceremony with her mom, Eloise Ward, and other family members. Ward-Engelking, formerly a state representative,…

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SUNDAY, JAN. 5, 2014

FRIDAY, JAN. 3, 2014

From left, Betsy Russell, Jim Weatherby, Dan Popkey, and hosts Melissa Davlin and Aaron Kunz on Friday's "Idaho Reports" on Idaho Public TV. (IPTV / Seth Ogilvie)

Idaho Reports kicks off legislative season

On tonight’s “Idaho Reports” program on Idaho Public Television – the kickoff to the program’s weekly coverage of this year’s legislative session - I join Jim Weatherby, Dan Popkey, and hosts Melissa Davlin and Aaron Kunz to discuss what’s ahead. Also, Davlin interviews former House…

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Sen. Brent Hill speaks as part of a panel of legislative leaders on Friday, at the AP Legislative Preview (Betsy Russell)

Legislative leaders look ahead to session...

As legislative leaders take center stage this morning at the AP Legislative Preview, Senate President Pro-Tem Brent Hill, R-Rexburg, told the assembled reporters, “You’re really not as intimidating as a group as you are one on one.” Hill said he’s “really excited” about the state’s…

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