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Eye On Boise archive for Dec. 2015

TUESDAY, DEC. 15, 2015

Lawmakers: Long-term vision needed on tax policy 

The Legislature’s Tax Working Group is back in session, to discuss four proposed tax-cut bills. “These are just drafts. We’re not here to finalize a piece of legislation,” said Co-Chair Rep. Gary Collins, R-Nampa. “We’re not here to take any votes, per se, on anything....

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Testimony: 'Which programs are you going to cut?' 

Donna Yule, executive director of the Idaho Public Employees Association, raised concerns about the proposed bill to cut the top personal and corporate income tax rates. “Even Gov. Otter recently warned against using tax cuts to starve government,” she said. “Some people will argue if…

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Changes made at BSU Radio after staff complaint

Changes have been made at Boise State Public Radio, after two reporters complained to managers in February, citing concerns “that undue influence from Boise State University threatens to compromise our journalistic ethics,” the Idaho Statesman reports. The university’s vice president for campus operations and general…

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MONDAY, DEC. 14, 2015

Renewal panel rejects lawsuit, penalty provisions

Proposed legislative provisions allowing people to sue urban renewal agencies over physical, emotional or economic damage and get cash payments plus attorney fees and costs, and also authorizing class-action lawsuits, has been roundly rejected by lawmakers on the Legislature’s interim committee on urban renewal. They...

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Idaho Legislature's legislative interim committee on urban renewal meets at the state Capitol on Monday morning (Betsy Z. Russell)

Urban renewal panel: 'It might get a little dry'

The Legislature’s interim committee on urban renewal has convened this morning, and Co-Chairman Sen. Dan Johnson, R-Lewiston, announced that the lawmakers will go through their proposed legislation, “section by section or line by line.” He said, “It might get a little dry, but I do...

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Idaho still waits on vacant judge seat... 

Down to just one U.S. District Court judge, the federal court in Idaho is bringing in up to 10 visiting judges from Colorado, Washington, California and elsewhere to hear Idaho cases while the court awaits an appointee to replace longtime Judge Edward Lodge. It’s a…

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FRIDAY, DEC. 11, 2015

From left, Betsy Russell, Jim Weatherby, Bill Manny, and co-host Melissa Davlin on Friday's "Idaho Reports" on Idaho Public TV. (Idaho Public TV / Seth Ogilvie)

The week that was...

Tonight’s “Idaho Reports” on Idaho Public Television examines the progress Idaho’s made on addressing the risk of concussions during youth sports; it’s an issue state lawmakers tackled both in 2012 and 2010, and on which attention increasingly has focused at the college and professional level.…

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Idaho appeals 'ag-gag' ruling to 9th Circuit 

The state of Idaho has filed an appeal to the 9th Circuit of the U.S. District Court decision overturning the state’s “ag-gag law,” the law passed by the state Legislature making it a crime to surreptitiously videotape agricultural operations. Idaho lawmakers approved the law in...

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THURSDAY, DEC. 10, 2015

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