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NAMPA, Idaho – Idaho school districts are cautiously preparing to restore several cutbacks after being advised the state likely will distribute about $50 million in one-time payments next month if tax revenues meet projections in the final month of the fiscal year that ends June 30. For the Coeur d’Alene School District, a $50 million statewide payout would mean nearly $1.7 million. Lakeland schools would get about $750,000, and Post Falls schools more than $900,000.
Idaho congressman Mike Simpson is hailing the demise of what he called a “biased anti-potato rule,” saying a proposed USDA rule to limit potatoes, corn, green peas and lima beans to one cup per week in school lunches was “senseless” and costly. The U.S. House of Representatives last week passed the fiscal 2012 agriculture appropriations bill, HR 2112, which includes language designed to head off the rule.
BOISE – Imagine a legislative or congressional district line that runs through someone’s house – really. Idaho has those now, according to testimony at the first public hearing on redistricting, held last week.
BOISE – When Coeur d’Alene contractor and former state lawmaker Dean Haagenson served on Idaho’s redistricting commission a decade ago, he received telephone threats and threats against his business. “I don’t always hew to the party line – I try to do what’s reasonable,” Haagenson said Tuesday. “Some people respect that. Some don’t.”