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EORAC adopts the governor’s revenue forecast on 17-1 vote

Rep. Marc Gibbs, R-Grace, co-chairman of the joint Economic Outlook & Revenue Assessment Committee, said the committee’s recommendation will go to JFAC, which will make the final decisions on budgeting for next year. “The numbers are so close that it really doesn’t make any difference...

Bedke: ‘As hard a decision as I’ve faced as speaker’

House Speaker Scott Bedke, R-Oakley, said after the House adjourned today, “I have no comment in regard to the action,” in which he stripped Rep. Heather Scott, R-Blanchard, of all her House committee assignments. “This is an internal matter and I consider it closed.” Bedke...

Complaints about Rep. Scott’s behavior, comments have Statehouse abuzz

Here’s a link to my full story at spokesman.com on Rep. Heather Scott facing a possible formal reprimand after she claimed female members of the Idaho House only advance through sexual favors, in an outburst that shocked and upset her fellow lawmakers. “That’s not true,” said...

Idaho state employee pay lags behind market, even when benefits are counted in

Idaho’s average pay for classified state employees is 24 percent behind the private sector market and 14 percent below the public sector, according to the latest official state study; total compensation, including benefits, is estimated at 8 percent below private-sector rates and 11 percent below public-sector rates. That's among the data that's...

First bill of the Idaho legislative session introduced, to clarify HJR 5 wording

Idaho lawmakers want to clarify language inside a newly adopted constitutional amendment to ease legal concerns raised by Idaho's top elected officials. The first bill introduced in the legislature's new session Tuesday would define a brief clause in the constitutional amendment that expanded the Idaho Legislature's power...

Leadership: $8M for broadband settlement not likely

Top legislative leaders are no longer optimistic that the $8 million they squirrelled away last year will be used as a settlement in the state's ongoing school broadband legal disputes, the AP reports...