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Eye On Boise archive for Jan. 1, 2017

THURSDAY, JAN. 26, 2017

Sherri Ybarra, Idaho state superintendent of schools, talks with reporters after her budget presentation to lawmakers on Thursday, Jan. 26, 2017. (Betsy Z. Russell)

Ybarra: 'I felt very supported'

After her budget pitch to state lawmakers today, state schools Superintendent Sherri Ybarra said, “I felt very supported – they’re very supportive of education and our students.” “This is my third session,” she said. “It was relaxing, it was enjoyable.” The difference from her first...

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First tax cut bills of the session introduced in House Rev & Tax 10 

Idaho lawmakers have ushered in the first tax cut proposals of the 2017 legislative session. House Majority Leader Mike Moyle says that he wants to exempt the first $750 of income from taxation, as well as reduce the top income and corporate rate from 7.4 percent to 7.2 percent. Meanwhile, Rep. Janet Trujillo, a Republican from Idaho Falls, has...

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Idaho state schools Superintendent Sherri Ybarra, in red, greets JFAC Co-Chair Rep. Maxine Bell, R-Jerome, before Thursday mornings public school budget hearing. (Betsy Z. Russell)

School budget hearing on tap; watch live...

The single largest piece of Idaho's state budget - the K-12 public schools budget - is up for its hearing before the Legislature's Joint Finance-Appropriations Committee this morning. State schools Superintendent Sherri Ybarra will be presenting it. You can watch live here.

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Idaho racing groups seek OK of lucrative betting terminals 

Racing groups are urging an Idaho commission to sign off on a last-ditch effort to save their faltering industry after failing to convince the Legislature to reinstate lucrative betting machines known as instant racing terminals. John Sheldon, the operator of Les Bois, Idaho's largest horse racing track, told state racing commissioners Wednesday...

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WEDNESDAY, JAN. 25, 2017

Idaho's state Capitol (Betsy Z. Russell)

Another busy day set at the Statehouse...

It’s another busy day at the Capitol today. This morning, University of Idaho President Chuck Staben goes before lawmakers for his annual budget hearing. The House State Affairs Committee will consider a proposal from its chairman, Rep. Tom Loertscher, R-Iona, to revise the definition of...

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TUESDAY, JAN. 24, 2017

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