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Eye On Boise archive for Jan. 1, 2018

FRIDAY, JAN. 19, 2018

A maintenance worker works on a security camera high above the 4th floor rotunda in a quiet Idaho state Capitol on Friday morning, Jan. 19, 2018. (Betsy Z. Russell)

Lofty perch...

A maintenance worker works on a security camera high above the 4th floor rotunda in a quiet Idaho state Capitol on Friday morning. As is common on Fridays early in the legislative session, few committee meetings are scheduled today as lawmakers head back home to...

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Balukoff calls for grocery tax repeal

Democratic gubernatorial candidate A.J. Balukoff called yesterday for the Legislature to introduce legislation to repeal Idaho’s 6 percent sales tax on groceries. “The state is balancing its budget on the backs of working Idahoans every time they go to the grocery store and it’s time…

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THURSDAY, JAN. 18, 2018

EORAC adopts the governor's revenue projection

Sen. Steve Bair, R-Blackfoot, moved to “accept the governor’s projections as reasonable,” and for 2018 set the EORAC projection for state general fund revenues for fiscal year at $3.6309 billion, and for 2019 at $3.8231 billion. His motion passed 15-1, with the only “no” vote...

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WEDNESDAY, JAN. 17, 2018

Ahlquist campaign decries defeat of disclosure bill

David Johnston, campaign manager for GOP gubernatorial candidate Tommy Ahlquist, issued this statement: “Today's failure by the House State Affairs committee highlights yet again politics as usual and the need to elect a political outsider like Tommy Ahlquist as Governor. Tommy has been championing the…

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From left, Idaho Reps. Heather Scott, R-Blanchard; Elaine Smith, D-Pocatello; and Paulette Jordan, D-Plummer, consider a proposed financial disclosure bill in the House State Affairs Committee on Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2018. (Betsy Z. Russell)

House State Affairs refuses to introduce Loertscher's financial disclosure bill, kills it instead

The House State Affairs Committee has killed legislation from its own chairman – endorsed unanimously by a legislative interim committee – to impose Idaho’s first-ever personal financial disclosure requirement for elected officials. “I don’t see why this should see the light of day,” said a visibly angry Rep. Vito Barbieri, R-Dalton Gardens...

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