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So what the heck is ‘water GARVEE’? An explanation…

It’s been an item much in play in the negotiations between the House and Senate over transportation funding, and was addressed in, for example, SB 1188, the “kitchen sink” bill that the Senate defeated last week. So explanations are in order. Idaho financed its Capitol...

2017 Legislature drags on

In her Sunday column, Betsy Russell/Eye on Boise reports that the 2017 Idaho Legislature is growing restive as the session drags on. A large part of the problem is the antics by state Rep. Heather Scott & allies to delay votes by demanding a full reading of House bills. Another part is lawmakers who want something done about roads.

About that emergency road money bill…

On Friday’s Idaho Reports, I had a moment of doubt, in which I said I wasn’t sure if the Senate has passed the JFAC-approved bill to allocate $52 million–virtually the entire state budget surplus built up so far this year – to emergency road repairs around the state. I’ve checked, and the bill, SB 1141, passed the Senate on March 9. Since then...

Senate backs HP campus purchase on 30-5 vote

Senate President Pro-Tem Brent Hill, R-Rexburg, presenting HCR 29 on authorizing the possible state purchase of the HP campus in West Boise, told the Senate, “Today we get to vote on a sweet deal that will bless the lives of generations to come.” Hill recalled...

Bill threatening Idaho transit systems introduced, then killed

An influential Southern Idaho lawmaker introduced last-minute legislation Thursday that would have undermined regional transit authorities around the state, including CityLink in North Idaho, but by the end of the day, the bill was dead.