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Cuts in rural grants rile Idaho lawmakers

Plans to cut $2.5 million in rural economic development grants from next year’s state budget riled Idaho lawmakers today, who said that’s just the type of spending that’s needed in …


Idaho governor proposes transportation plan

Gov. Butch Otter, arm bound in a sling after shoulder surgery but vigorously greeting supporters, shaking hands (with his left hand) and touting his top priority - fixing Idaho roads …


Liquor is ‘recession-proof’ in Idaho

Liquor sales in Idaho are up despite the economic downturn, proving that liquor is a “recession-proof business,” Idaho’s state liquor chief told lawmakers today.


Job cuts could slice into tax revenue

BOISE – Idaho expects to lose up to $7.5 million in tax revenue next year because it cut tax compliance workers this year to save $979,000. This year’s 4 percent …


Budget reductions slow water rights arbitration

BOISE – Budget cuts at the Idaho Department of Water Resources won’t stop the long-planned North Idaho water rights adjudication, but they’ll slow it down, state Water Resources Director David …


Budget cuts slow North Idaho water adjudication

Budget cuts at the Idaho Department of Water Resources won’t stop the long-planned North Idaho water rights adjudication, but they’ll slow it down, state Water Resources Director David Tuthill told …


Idaho cuts end up costing state millions

Idaho now expects to lose up to $7.5 million in tax revenue next year, because it cut tax compliance workers this year to save $979,000.


Otter back right on schedule

BOISE – Lt. Gov. Brad Little, at the close of his budget hearing before state lawmakers this week, was asked by Rep. George Eskridge, R-Dover, “Do you and Gov. (Butch) …


Tribe willing to pay half tab of new lake plan

BOISE – The Coeur d’Alene Tribe has committed to pay half the cost of managing Lake Coeur d’Alene’s pollution next year, a move that could keep the long-negotiated cleanup plan …


CdA Tribe to match state funding for lake management

BOISE – The Coeur d’Alene Tribe has committed to pay half the cost of managing Lake Coeur d’Alene’s pollution next year, a move that could keep the long-negotiated cleanup plan …


Denney ties tax option to constitution

BOISE – Idaho House Speaker Lawerence Denney is blocking any local-option tax bill from being considered in his legislative chamber unless it contains a constitutional amendment, a restriction opposed by …


House Speaker blocking Idaho local-option tax bills

Idaho House Speaker Lawerence Denney is not allowing any local-option tax bill to be considered in the House unless it contains a constitutional amendment, a restriction opposed by many local-option …


Renovation of NIC building still in state’s plans

BOISE – Despite Idaho’s budget crunch, a proposal to spend $4.3 million to renovate Seiter Hall at North Idaho College is still in the state’s spending plans, and it may …


Vocational rehab move delayed

BOISE – Idaho Gov. Butch Otter’s plan to trim the duties of the state Board of Education by moving a slew of agencies out from under its oversight has hit …


ISP chief says cuts will reduce patrols

BOISE – Budget cuts at the Idaho State Police are hitting hard, the agency’s chief warned legislative budget writers Tuesday. “We are now well beyond trimming fat, and we are …


Measure would raise Idaho dropout age to 18

BOISE – A Republican lawmaker wants Idaho to follow the lead of more than a dozen other states and require high school students to be at least 18 before they …


Idaho agency’s efficiency alters budget plans

BOISE - Idaho Gov. Butch Otter’s plan to trim the duties of the state Board of Education by moving a slew of agencies out from under its oversight has hit …


Idaho’s 116th could go back to Iraq

When the Idaho National Guard’s 116th Cavalry Brigade Combat Team deployed to Iraq in 2004, it was the largest deployment of any Idaho unit since World War II. Now, the …


Idaho State Police feeling budget pinch

Budget cuts at the Idaho State Police are hitting hard, Col. Jerry Russell, ISP chief, warned legislative budget writers this morning. “We are now well beyond trimming fat and we …


Bill would end Idaho Women’s Commission

BOISE – A North Idaho senator says Idaho no longer needs a state Women’s Commission because women have “taken their place” in society. Sen. Joyce Broadsword, R-Sagle, introduced legislation Monday …


Surgery puts Otter out of office for a week

BOISE – Idaho Gov. Butch Otter, who missed a crucial month of last year’s legislative session because of hip surgery – during which state lawmakers rejected much of his agenda …


In brief: Bill declares surplus of wolves in Idaho

Idaho would declare a surplus of wolves and offer the extras to any state that wants them under legislation that unanimously cleared the Senate Resources Committee on Monday. “We can …


Idaho governor out for surgery – again

Idaho Gov. Butch Otter, who missed a crucial month of last year’s legislative session due to hip surgery, leaving his agenda stalled with state lawmakers, today unexpectedly went in for …


Idaho mulls offering ‘surplus’ wolves to other states

Idaho would declare a surplus of wolves, and offer the extras to any state that wants them, under legislation that unanimously cleared the Senate Resources Committee this afternoon. Then, if …


Broadsword: Eliminate Idaho Women’s Commission

Sen. Joyce Broadsword, R-Sagle, wants to eliminate the Idaho Women’s Commission, a state agency whose existence long has been controversial.


Lawmakers turn down 5 percent pay raise

BOISE – Idaho state lawmakers made it final Friday: They won’t accept a pay raise this year. The 33-0 vote in the Senate to reject the scheduled 5 percent raise …


Bill to change by one word: Change

BOISE – Here’s a sign of the times: A bill in the works in the Legislature makes a one-word change in the law regarding annual adjustments in the homeowner’s exemption …


Idaho lawmakers officially reject own raise

BOISE – Idaho state lawmakers made it final Friday: They won’t be accepting a pay raise this year. The 33-0 vote in the Senate to reject the scheduled 5 percent …


Superintendent outlines proposed school cuts

BOISE – Idaho’s top education official Thursday proposed $62 million in funding cuts for public schools next year, slicing into teacher pay, administration, building maintenance and more. “Let me make …


Idaho schools chief proposes cuts

BOISE – Idaho’s top education official Thursday proposed $62 million in funding cuts for public schools next year, slicing into everything from teacher pay to administration to building maintenance.