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Idaho cash crunch hampers NIC plans

BOISE – The state budget crunch is crimping North Idaho College’s plans to launch a vocational program next year and update classroom technology, college officials told lawmakers Wednesday. The Coeur …


NIC will work with funding it has

BOISE – The state budget crunch is crimping North Idaho College’s plans to launch a vocational program next year and update classroom technology, college officials told lawmakers Wednesday. The Coeur …


NIC crimped by state budget crunch

North Idaho College, which had its budget hearing before JFAC this morning, had been hoping for $605,100 next year to start up a much-needed dental hygienist program in partnership with …


Lawmakers put professor pay cuts on table

BOISE – Some Idaho lawmakers are asking whether faculty salaries should be cut as Idaho faces cutbacks in funding for higher education. That’d be a sudden turnaround from years of …


Panel moves to repeal naturopath licensing

BOISE – A Senate committee has voted in favor of repealing a law requiring naturopathic physicians to be licensed by the state. The Health and Welfare Committee passed the repeal …


UI prepares to abolish 80 positions

BOISE – The University of Idaho is preparing to eliminate 80 faculty and staff positions as it braces for big budget cuts next year. That would wipe out 5 percent …


As Idaho lawmakers consider their options, some are turning to educators for advice

BOISE – Idaho state legislators have fanned out to their districts across the state this weekend, and many are hoping to hear from local teachers and others about where cuts …


State sees some budget savings

BOISE – From the silver-linings department, the economic downturn has actually meant savings in a few remote corners of Idaho’s state budget. Among them: Since the 4 percent holdbacks, or …


Bridge regains its priority status

BOISE – The Idaho Transportation Board reversed itself Thursday and voted 4-1 to put the Dover Bridge back on its priority list of “shovel-ready” projects ready to receive federal economic …


Bridge regains priority status

BOISE – The Idaho Transportation Board reversed itself Thursday and voted 4-1 to put the Dover Bridge back on its priority list of “shovel-ready” projects ready to receive federal economic …


Lawmakers steamed over tardy tax report

BOISE – Idaho lawmakers are losing patience with the state Tax Commission, which hasn’t filed a required report on secret tax deals for corporations. A whistleblower alleged last year that …


Senators: Tax Commission needs reform

Idaho’s state Tax Commission hasn’t complied with the recommendations in a state report that followed a whistleblower’s allegations that the panel was cutting secret deals to excuse millions in taxes …


Dover Bridge back on stimulus list

The Idaho Transportation Board voted 4-1 Thursday to put the Dover Bridge back on its list of “shovel-ready” projects ready to receive federal economic stimulus funds. Two weeks ago, the …


More budget cuts in Idaho

Idaho’s state budget ax fell again today, as lawmakers trimmed another $20.75 million out of the current year’s state budget. Casualties included milfoil eradication from places like North Idaho lakes …


Idaho House panel rejects lawmakers’ raise

BOISE – An Idaho House committee on Wednesday unanimously rejected a proposed 5 percent pay raise for lawmakers, including themselves, this year. The vote in the House State Affairs Committee …


Idaho lawmakers move to reject own pay raise

One after another, the members of the House State Affairs Committee voted “Aye,” all 18 of them, to reject the proposed 5 percent pay raise for lawmakers this year. The …


New needy seeking state’s help

BOISE – People who’ve never been out of work before are increasingly flocking to Idaho’s Health and Welfare Department to apply for help including food stamps to Medicaid, state officials …


Idaho senators criticize new rules on secret tax deals

Senators weren’t enthusiastic this afternoon about a new Tax Commission rule that would clarify when the commission can secretly settle big tax cases. It comes after a whistleblower’s report charging …


Audit cites poor maintenance of Idaho roads

BOISE – A long-awaited performance audit of the Idaho Transportation Department suggests the state could save millions through better management – but could save hundreds of millions by better maintaining …


Drug abuse treatment paying off

BOISE – Idaho’s prison population is down, defying a steep multiyear growth trend and signaling, state officials say, that the state’s new coordinated approach to substance abuse treatment is paying …


Audit says Idaho needs to improve road maintenance

A long-awaited performance audit of Idaho’s transportation department suggests the state could save millions through better management - but could save hundreds of millions by better maintaining the roads and …


Drug treatment trimming Idaho prison growth

Idaho’s prison population is down, defying a steep multi-year growth trend and signaling, state officials say, that the state’s new coordinated approach to substance abuse treatment is paying off. “We …


State calls for spending halt

BOISE – The co-chair of the Idaho Legislature’s joint budget committee on Friday called on all state agencies to stop spending money except for operating costs “until further notice.” The …


Dems ready for rainy-day funds

BOISE – Legislative Democrats are faulting Gov. Butch Otter’s priorities, saying he shouldn’t be cutting education and other essential state services while leaving hundreds of millions in state rainy-day funds. …


Idaho agencies told to halt spending

The co-chair of the Legislature’s joint budget committee has called on all state agencies to halt spending of any one-time money or capital outlay money they have in their budgets …


Lawmakers plan for worst case budget

BOISE – Idaho’s state budget challenges grew tougher Thursday, as lawmakers concluded the governor’s estimate for how much tax revenue will fall next year didn’t go far enough. If the …


Idaho state budget woes worsen

BOISE – Idaho’s state budget challenges grew tougher Thursday, as lawmakers concluded the governor’s estimate for how much tax revenue will fall next year didn’t go far enough. If the …


Idaho’s latest spending cuts closer to becoming permanent

The Idaho Joint Finance-Appropriations Committee voted unanimously this morning to make the Gov. Butch Otter’s 4 percent holdbacks in this year’s state budget permanent.


Idaho governor apologizes for laptop flap

Idaho Gov. Butch Otter has apologized to the co-chairs of the Legislature’s joint budget committee and lawmakers for the tone of the threat he had his budget director deliver yesterday, …


Politicians spar over laptops

BOISE – With controversial budget cuts on the line, Idaho Gov. Butch Otter became embroiled Tuesday in a fight with lawmakers over his line-item veto last year of their new …