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Eye on Boise: Double-standard exists for state employee pay

If Idaho state workers’ pay raises are dependent on performance, why do directors and agency heads get 3% across the board?


UPDATED: Fri., July 12, 2019, 10:19 p.m.

28 Idaho lawmakers oppose Boise State diversity programs

A group of 28 Idaho Republican lawmakers have sent a letter to Boise State University criticizing the school’s efforts to aid underrepresented minority students because the lawmakers say the programs …


Eye on Boise: New tax commission chief comes from the business world

Tom Harris came from the business world, not the tax world, to his new post as chairman of the Idaho State Tax Commission. But the former longtime president of Western …


Eye on Boise: Lawmakers gear up to dive into future Medicaid expansion funding, impacts

A legislative interim committee has scheduled four meetings between now and November, with the first on June 17, to “evaluate the effectiveness of Medicaid eligibility expansion and its impact on …


UPDATED: Tue., May 21, 2019, 10:12 p.m.

Governor proposes cuts to Idaho administrative rules

Gov. Brad Little is taking public comments on his plan to cut or simplify regulations in what he says are a third of all chapters in the state’s administrative rules …


Idaho governor selects new district court judge for E. Idaho

Idaho Gov. Brad Little has appointed Steven W. Boyce as a 7th District Court judge in southeastern Idaho.


Eye on Boise: Risch: Idaho’s growth is like ‘the dog that has caught the car’

Idaho’s economy is booming, Sen. Jim Risch said Friday, saying, “We’ve been extremely successful. I liken it to the dog that has caught the car.”


Idaho governor pardons businessman, counselor of drug charge

Idaho’s governor on Friday announced the pardoning of two men convicted of drug charges in the 1980s.


Eye on Boise: Little avoids letting bills become law without his signature

When the Legislature passes a bill, the governor has three options: sign it into law, veto it or let it become law without his signature. New Gov. Brad Little, in …


UPDATED: Thu., April 11, 2019, 10:01 p.m.

Idaho Legislature wraps up session that ends with acrimony

The Idaho Legislature has wrapped up business amid acrimony between the House and Senate. The two chambers adjourned for the year Thursday, but not before the Senate killed legislation that …


Eye on Boise: More limericks, and when sometimes we’re not amused…

As this year’s over-long legislative session nears its culmination, lawmakers tend to get a little punchy.


UPDATED: Fri., April 5, 2019, 9:45 p.m.

Idaho governor vetoes more hurdles for ballot initiatives

Idaho Gov. Brad Little has issued his first veto, rejecting legislation that would have dramatically toughened the requirements to get an initiative or referendum on the ballot.


Senate sends Idaho Medicaid expansion bill to governor

The Idaho Senate on Friday approved Medicaid expansion legislation by passing a compromise bill that’s now headed to Republican Gov. Brad Little for his consideration.


Eye on Boise: When times are tough, a rhyme’s enough…

As the legislative session winds down – or perhaps more accurately, cranks up to its final frenzy – I write limericks. Some are lighthearted; some, not so much.


Eye on Boise: New initiative could frustrate proposed new initiative law

When voters overturned the “Luna Laws” on school reform in 2012, it was the first time Idaho voters had taken such a step since 1936. But a similar move is …


Bill to create Committee on Federalism heads to Senate

A Senate committee on Wednesday recommended creation of a panel to monitor how federal laws affect Idaho’s sovereignty and possibly to have it combined with another bill aimed at creating …


New Idaho Medicaid expansion ‘sideboard’ bill introduced

A new Medicaid expansion “sideboard” bill that would require some Medicaid recipients to work at least 20 hours a week is introduced in the Idaho House Health and Welfare Committee.


UPDATED: Mon., Jan. 21, 2019, 11:22 p.m.

Idaho House passes 3 freshman members’ first bills, amid hazing

Three freshman lawmakers presented their first bills to the full Idaho House on Monday, and House members responded with their usual hazing – most of the members voting “no,” then …


Eye on Boise: New school funding formula unveiled, lawmakers roll up sleeves

After three years of study, research, input and work, the Legislature’s interim committee that worked on a new approach to dividing Idaho’s school funding among schools across the state handed …


Idaho Commission for Libraries facing slim budget

The Idaho Commission for Libraries would see a small decrease in state funding next year under Gov. Brad Little’s proposed budget, which calls for a 1.3 percent decline in the …


Eye on Boise: There’s a new Sen. Bayer, at least for now

With Sen. Cliff Bayer off to Washington, D.C., to be new Congressman Russ Fulcher’s chief of staff, Bayer’s mom, Regina Bayer, has been appointed to fill in as his temporary …


Eye on Boise: The keys to a friendly transition

After he’d conducted what he referred to as his last official act in the governor’s office on Thursday, I asked outgoing Gov. Butch Otter when he’d be turning over the …


Eye on Boise: Your W-4 is way off, and you need to fix it now

It’s very, very likely that the W-4 form on file with your employer is off – way off. And as a result, you could have to pay hundreds of dollars …


Eye on Boise: All told, far more raised, spent on ballot measures than governor’s race

The final numbers are in, and campaign fundraising and spending on two ballot measures this fall far exceeded the amounts spent by both leading candidates for governor.


UPDATED: Wed., Dec. 12, 2018, 8:16 p.m.

Gov.-elect Little names budget chief

Gov.-elect Brad Little has named his budget chief.


Eye on Boise: The Idaho Legislature’s freshmen class is well-educated, mostly male, mostly GOP

When the Idaho Legislature convenes in January, 25 of its members will be brand-new, and that’s not counting two who were just elected after earlier being appointed and serving in …


Eye on Boise: ‘Our support is necessary’ in Yemen conflict, Risch says

The U.S. Senate voted 63-37 last week to advance a resolution aimed at ending U.S. military support for Saudi Arabia’s war in Yemen; Sen. Jim Risch, R-Idaho, who is in …


UPDATED: Sun., Nov. 25, 2018, 9:22 p.m.

Gov. Butch Otter launches post-election farewell tour

Gov. Butch Otter’s post-election farewell tour included visits to Boise’s business community.


Eye on Boise: Idaho has incarcerated 223 for statutory rape since 1972

Gov. Butch Otter’s recent pardon of a man who had been convicted of the statutory rape of his underage girlfriend when he was 18 raised an interesting question: How many …


Eye on Boise: Why the Ada recount will take a month or more

With recounts pending both for the College of Western Idaho levy, which failed by just 144 votes in Ada and Canyon counties combined, and the District 15 state Senate seat, …