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Eye On Boise archive for Jan. 1, 2015

MONDAY, JAN. 12, 2015

Otter calls for tax cuts

Idaho Gov. Butch Otter long has favored tax cuts; now, he’s calling for cutting the personal and corporate income tax rates for Idaho’s highest earners each year for the next five years, to drop them from the current 7.4 percent to 6.9 percent. In the...

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Otter: Start more community colleges

Otter is praising Idaho’s higher education system and calling for boosts in the areas Idaho’s universities have named as their top priorities, a computer science initiative at Boise State University, an employee readiness initiative at the University of Idaho, career path internships at Idaho State...

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House Speaker Scott Bedke, R-Oakley, presides over the Idaho House on Monday (Betsy Russell)

House, Senate convene

Both the House and the Senate have now convened in advance of the governor’s State of the State message today; here House Speaker Scott Bedke presides over the House. Preliminary business in the House included the appointment Vicki Purdy of New Meadows to serve as...

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Poll: Idahoans favor Medicaid expansion

A new Idaho poll by Utah pollster Dan Jones & Associates finds that 61 percent of Idaho registered voters support Medicaid expansion, and just 29 percent oppose it; the poll, commissioned by Idaho Politics Weekly, surveyed 520 Idaho voters and had a margin of error...

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SUNDAY, JAN. 11, 2015

FRIDAY, JAN. 9, 2015

From left, Betsy Russell, Jim Weatherby, Aaron Kunz and Melissa Davlin on "Idaho Reports" on Idaho Public Television on Friday, Jan. 9, 2015. (Idaho Public / Seth Ogilvie)

'Idaho Reports' kicks off season tonight

“Idaho Reports” kicks off for the season at 8 tonight on Idaho Public Television, and this week includes an extensive interview with Gov. Butch Otter and a look back at his entire career. The program also reports on events in the run-up to the start...

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Of Bibles, politics and family heritage...

Lewiston Tribune reporter Bill Spence turned up this interesting anecdote in his feature story today on the Bibles that Idaho’s top state elected officials use to take their oaths of office, including cherished family heirlooms: Gov. Butch Otter used his late father’s Bible, which he...

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Preparations are under way for Idaho's official inaugural ceremony on Friday (Betsy Russell)

Stage is set for inaugural festivities

The 25th Army Band is playing, the seats are set up and the stage is set for Idaho's official inaugural ceremony, which kicks off at noon today on the steps of the state Capitol. Idaho Gov. Butch Otter will be giving his third inaugural address...

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THURSDAY, JAN. 8, 2015

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