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Idaho board approves creation of chief education officer

The State Board of Education is supporting the formation of a chief education officer position to help consolidate back office operations in Idaho’s public community colleges and universities.

UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 18, 2018

Lawmakers fill $27M budget hole after drafting error last year

Faced with a $27.5 million hole in their transportation budget after a drafting error, Idaho legislative budget writers on Thursday filled the gap with two unanimous votes, even adding interest.

Otter gives Idaho Medal of Achievement to Marilyn Shuler

Gov. Butch Otter has announced that the 2018 Idaho Medal of Achievement, the state’s highest award, is being given to late Marilyn Shuler, the longtime chair of the Idaho Human …

Eye on Boise: After legislative drafting error, governor declined to transfer $27.5 million to road projects

When lawmakers started delving into the budget proposal that Gov. Butch Otter has made for next year, they got a surprise: Though they passed a bill last year to split …

UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 12, 2018

Ahlquist: $100M promise may not result in Idaho budget cut

Idaho Republican gubernatorial candidate Tommy Ahlquist said this week his campaign promise to cut $100 million in 100 days if elected may not result in a reduction to the state …

UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 11, 2018

Surveys show Idaho state pay still lags, but some lawmakers question the data

Idaho hasn’t lost any more ground, but its state employee compensation remains far below market rates, despite 3 percent merit raises approved last year, state lawmakers learned Thursday.

UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 10, 2018

Idaho lawmakers mull ambitious plan to address state’s severe doctor shortage

Idaho is severely lacking in doctors, and many of its existing ones are nearing retirement age, Dr. Ted Epperly told lawmakers Wednesday as he presented the state’s new 10-year plan …

UPDATED: Mon., Jan. 8, 2018

Idaho governor pitches tax cuts

Idaho Gov. Butch Otter rolled out a major tax cut proposal Monday in his 12th and final State of the State message to a joint session of the Legislature.

UPDATED: Sat., Jan. 6, 2018

Idaho lawmakers to convene under political spotlight

Idaho’s upcoming legislative session – which kicks off Monday with third-term Gov. Butch Otter’s final State of the State address – will tackle big issues in health care, taxes, education …

Otter, Little call for more affordable health coverage

Idaho’s top elected leaders signed an executive order on Friday directing the state Department of Insurance to create guidelines for health insurance carriers to offer lower priced coverage plans.

UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 4, 2018

Idaho governor to push for higher education changes

Gov. Butch Otter offered a rare glimpse into his agenda for the upcoming legislative session on Thursday by announcing plans to ask lawmakers to create a chief education officer who …

UPDATED: Thu., Dec. 28, 2017

Idaho governor’s legislative appointment sparks concerns

Gov. Butch Otter has appointed an eastern Idaho city councilwoman to the state House despite concerns raised by local Republicans that the selection process may have contained serious flaws.

UPDATED: Wed., Dec. 20, 2017

Idaho lands director to step down in January

Gov. Butch Otter has announced that Idaho Department of Lands Director Tom Schultz will step down mid-January.

UPDATED: Tue., Dec. 19, 2017

Developer buys building back from state for nearly $1M less than he was paid in 2013

An eastern Idaho real estate investor is almost $1 million richer, thanks to the state Land Board’s changing policies on real estate investments.

UPDATED: Wed., Dec. 6, 2017

Otter sends warning: He still opposes repeal of Idaho’s grocery tax

Idaho Gov. Butch Otter drew a line in the sand Wednesday, warning that he’s still firmly opposed to removing Idaho’s 6 percent sales tax from groceries.

UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 29, 2017

Newly appointed Idaho lawmaker filed for bankruptcy

A newly appointed state senator in eastern Idaho is in the middle of bankruptcy proceedings.

UPDATED: Mon., Nov. 27, 2017

Idaho Commerce Department Director Ronk to join Idaho Power

Idaho Department of Commerce Director Megan Ronk is stepping down to take a job with Idaho Power after nearly two years of leading the commerce department.

UPDATED: Fri., Oct. 27, 2017

Idaho court ruling has lawmakers bracing for 2018 session

An Idaho Supreme Court ruling has the state’s top legislative leaders scrambling to prepare for how to close out the 2018 session months before it kicks off in January.

UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 26, 2017

Idaho asks Amazon to review the state for future projects

An Idaho economic development organization has submitted a bid proposing Boise as the location of Amazon’s coveted second headquarters despite the city not being able to meet the requirements.

UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 26, 2017

Idaho’s pitch to Amazon: ‘Save us for later in your cart!’

Idaho sent two pitches to Amazon in response to its call for bids for HQ2, the company’s second North America headquarters, even though the state lacks the minimum requirements for …

Idaho lawmaker involved in criminal investigation resigns

A three-term Idaho state lawmaker involved in an active criminal investigation resigned from office Thursday.

Eye on Boise: Lawmaker thankful for ‘America, the land of redemption’

Idaho Gov. Butch Otter has appointed Tony Potts, a property manager and salesman at Bish’s RV Supercenter in Idaho Falls, to replace longtime Sen. Bart Davis, R-Idaho Falls.

Idaho governor fills Senate seat vacancy

Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter has appointed an Idaho Falls businessman to fill the Senate vacancy created by Senate Majority Leader Bart Davis’ recent retirement to serve as U.S. Attorney for …

UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 4, 2017

Western governors agree to build charging station network

Western governors say electric vehicles will be able to travel easier across 5,000 miles of highway under a new agreement promising to build a network of charging stations in seven …

Otter appoints new judge to Idaho Court of Appeals

Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter has appointed Deputy Attorney General Jessica Marie Lorello to the Idaho Court of Appeals.

UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 29, 2017

Otter tabs Melinda Smyser as new state labor chief

Melinda Smyser, current regional director for U.S. Sen. Jim Risch and a former state senator from Parma, was named director of the Idaho Department of Labor on Friday by Gov. …

UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 22, 2017

Idaho ramps up ‘Good Neighbor Authority’ to boost logging in federal forests

Idaho’s state lands department says it has a new mission: Increasing active management – and logging – on federal forests in the state.

UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 15, 2017

Idaho governor weighs in on immigration detention contract

Idaho Gov. Butch Otter told Jerome County officials that they should not be swayed by possible legal challenges as they consider leasing space in the county’s new jail to U.S. …

UPDATED: Wed., Sept. 6, 2017

Idaho pays $3.5 million to feds in final settlement over defunct school broadband network

Idaho has sent $3.5 million to the Federal Communications Commission as part of a settlement over the defunct Idaho Education Network, to settle claims over federal payments to 63 Idaho …

UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 29, 2017

Otter names 5th District Judge Richard Bevan to Idaho Supreme Court

Idaho Gov. Butch Otter has named 5th District Judge Richard Bevan of Twin Falls to the Idaho Supreme Court, to succeed retiring Justice Daniel Eismann.