A candidate for State Representative, Seat A, Idaho Legislative District 2 in the 2014 Nov. 4 Idaho General Election
City: Dalton Gardens
Occupation: lawyer; small business owner
Education: Graduated from Westchester High School, Los Angeles, Calif., in 1969. Holds an associates degree from El Camino Junior College, and bachelor’s and law degrees from Western State University in Fullerton, Calif.
Political background: Incumbent, elected to the Idaho House in 2010, 2012 and 2014; seeking re-election to a fourth term.
Work experience: Practiced law in California for 20 years. Since moving to Idaho in 2004, has operated several small businessess, including a catering business and the “Vap-It” electronic cigarette store in Post Falls.
Family: Married. Has three grown children.
- Web: vitobarbieri.com
University of Idaho President Chuck Staben made waves in Boise last week by asking lawmakers to fully fund the 3 percent raises proposed for university employees next year – and offering in return to freeze undergraduate resident tuition, which has been rising each year for more than two decades. Gov. Butch Otter’s budget proposes having the state cover only part of the raises at the university. UI would have to come up with the extra money for raises for employees whose jobs are funded from other sources, including federal funds, grants, student tuition and fees, and endowment funds. At UI, that would come to $1.6 million next year. Staben said covering that would require a tuition increase.
BOISE – Republican legislators rejecting their party’s incumbent governor for Tuesday’s primary election now face a powerful obstacle in their re-election bids. Idaho Gov. Butch Otter has endorsed candidates in 22 legislative primary races – including five challengers to current GOP incumbents, four of them from North Idaho.
BOISE – Idaho lawmakers would lose a long-standing protection from wage garnishment if legislation introduced Thursday becomes law. Lawmakers and other elected officials are exempt from having their wages garnished for court judgments in Idaho, according to Rep. Ed Morse, R-Hayden, who introduced legislation to remove the exemption.