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Eye On Boise archive for Jan. 1, 2017

FRIDAY, JAN. 20, 2017

Idaho unemployment rate dropped to 3.7% in December

Unemployment in Idaho dropped to 3.7 percent in December, after five straight months at 3.8 percent, the Idaho Department of Labor reports. Year-over-year, Idaho’s total nonfarm job growth for December showed a net gain of 13,300, or 1.9 percent, with all sectors except natural resources...

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Of budget rules and portfolio managers... 

There’s a bit of a tiff between the PERSI board and the Otter Administration, regarding a $100,000 fund transfer request in the PERSI budget for next year. No state general tax funds would be involved; it’s a transfer between PERSI funds that come from fees...

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THURSDAY, JAN. 19, 2017

Judge orders Idaho to destroy elk and wolf wilderness data 

A federal judge has ordered Idaho to destroy all information collected from collars placed on elk and wolves obtained illegally by landing a helicopter in a central Idaho wilderness area. U.S. District Court Judge B. Lynn Winmill in a ruling made public Thursday says it's such an extreme case that the only way...

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Study: Idaho natural gas and oil tax rates below many states

Idaho's effective tax rate on natural gas and oil production is less than half the average when compared with eight other producing states, according to a tax-comparison study released Thursday. The study made public at the Idaho Oil and Gas Conservation Commission meeting found Idaho's rate at 4 percent compared with the 9.5 percent average...

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House panel introduces bill to match Idaho tax code with IRS

Lawmakers on the Idaho House Revenue and Taxation Committee have introduced legislation to bring the state's tax code in line with federal rules. Tom Shaner, with the Idaho Tax Commission, said Thursday that the move is estimated to cost Idaho almost nothing – marking the first time in nearly a decade that bringing Idaho's tax code in line...

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Bill would remove extra fee on hybrid vehicles

An Idaho House panel has introduced legislation that would exclude gasoline hybrid vehicle owners from paying an additional $75 registration fee. Two years ago, lawmakers passed a transportation funding plan that raised vehicle registration fees and the gasoline tax by 7 cents. Electric and hybrid vehicles faced higher...

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WEDNESDAY, JAN. 18, 2017

New phosphate mine approved in southeastern Idaho 

Two federal agencies have approved a 2.4-mile-long open pit phosphate mine proposed by a Canadian company in southeastern Idaho. The U.S. Bureau of Land Management and U.S. Forest Service late last week issued separate records of decisions approving the plan by Calgary-based Agrium. The BLM manages the area...

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Education Secretary-designate Betsy DeVos testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2017, at her confirmation hearing before the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee. (AP / Carolyn Kaster)

DeVos suggests guns in school to protect kids from grizzlies 20 

Here’s a news item from the Associated Press that mentions Idaho: WASHINGTON (AP) — Kids in remote schools in grizzly bear territory might need protection from the animals, so Donald Trump's choice to run the Education Department thinks it could be appropriate for teachers and administrators there to carry guns. Betsy DeVos told senators...

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