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Idaho governor, lawmakers clash over computers

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


Otter proposes cuts to schools

BOISE – Idaho Gov. Butch Otter dropped a bombshell on state legislators Monday – a proposal for the state’s first-ever cut in public school funding. “The fact is that my …


Otter proposes 5% education cut

BOISE – Idaho Gov. Butch Otter dropped a bombshell on state legislators Monday – a proposal for the state’s first-ever cut in public school funding.


Otter’s proposed tax, fee increases face uphill battle

BOISE – Bleak. Dismal. Gloomy. Difficult. Really, really tough. That’s how Idaho state legislators and officials are describing the legislative session ahead, with state revenues slipping, budget cuts bringing cries …


Keogh ‘honored’ by Otter’s consideration

BOISE – Sandpoint Sen. Shawn Keough said she wasn’t expecting it when she got a call from Gov. Butch Otter on Christmas Eve, asking whether she’d consider an appointment as …


Dover Bridge work pulled

BOISE – Gov. Butch Otter and North Idaho lawmakers both expressed concern Thursday after Idaho’s transportation board knocked the replacement of the deteriorated Dover Bridge off the top of a …


Public will notice Otter’s budget cuts

BOISE – Under the budget Gov. Butch Otter is crafting to present to state lawmakers, Idahoans next year would face longer waits for state services, some state field offices would …


Otter will name names on Tuesday

BOISE – Idaho Gov. Butch Otter says he’ll appoint the state’s lieutenant governor on Tuesday – that’s the same day that current Lt. Gov. Jim Risch will be sworn in …


Chain-up law for truckers does its job

A new law making chains mandatory for commercial trucks traveling snowy North Idaho passes made a big difference in the past week, officials say. Before, Idaho had no chain requirements …


Idaho electors cast ballots

BOISE – When Idaho’s portion of the Electoral College met this week, the four electors dutifully cast their ballots for Republicans John McCain and Sarah Palin. Secretary of State Ben …


Senator accounts for unusual expenses

BOISE – Sen. Joyce Broadsword, R-Sagle, reported some unusual campaign expenditures during this year’s campaign – a pig, a sheep and a pen of rabbits. “I kept the pig,” the …


Sayler quits leadership post

BOISE – Idaho lawmakers wrapped up their organizational session Thursday with new Democratic leadership in the House, some shifts in key committees and a friendly gesture from the governor. House …


Otter pushes gas tax increase

BOISE – Gov. Butch Otter intends to push Idaho lawmakers to raise the state gas tax, increase car and truck registration fees, and tax rental cars to pay for pressing …


Eskridge, Hollingsworth vie for House Seat 1B

Four-term Idaho state Rep. George Eskridge has focused on energy, veterans issues, property tax relief and the state budget since he began making the annual trip to Boise to represent …


Otter planning for budget cuts

BOISE – Idaho Gov. Butch Otter is drawing up plans to cut the state budget midyear by at least $27 million and possibly as much as $68 million, after an …


Legislature candidate set to cause stir

BLANCHARD, Idaho – C.J. Rose wants the Idaho Legislature to look more like the people who live in the state, especially the rural areas of North Idaho. Wearing a purple …


Luna says problems found, corrected

BOISE – A legislative audit has identified serious management problems in the office of state Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Luna, problems that Luna didn’t dispute and says now have …


Idaho banks doing better than most

Idaho’s top financial regulator says state-chartered banks and credit unions in Idaho are “safe and sound” at a time when large financial institutions elsewhere are experiencing significant problems related to …


More states repealing liquor laws

The Idaho Legislature’s repeal this year of the ban on Election Day liquor sales – doing away with a 1939 law that stemmed from worries about voters being plied with …


Officials to look into allegations of tax deals

BOISE – Legislators and state officials from both parties will review a whistleblower’s allegations that the Idaho State Tax Commission cut secret deals to excuse multistate corporations from paying millions …


ITD: Dover Bridge old but still safe

The Idaho Transportation Board says the Dover Bridge is safe – but says the aging bridge still needs replacing. The board heard a report this week on the span on …


Otter to work for road funding consensus

BOISE – Gov. Butch Otter, after failing spectacularly last session to persuade state lawmakers to take on his No. 1 priority – alleviating a huge annual road funding shortfall – …


NIC hosts delegation of lawmakers

North Idaho College officials were clear Tuesday in their message to state lawmakers: They need $4.3 million to renovate Seiter Hall but not a cent to purchase the waterfront mill …


Idaho targets fetal alcohol syndrome

BOISE – Idaho state Rep. Liz Chavez tried unsuccessfully for two years to get legislation passed to warn about the risks of fetal alcohol syndrome wherever liquor is sold in …


Judge hears school funding suit

BOISE – Idaho’s highest court can’t declare the state’s school funding system unconstitutional and then let it continue that way, the attorney for a group of school districts told a …


Otter vetoes measure to eliminate tax break

BOISE – Idaho Gov. Butch Otter has vetoed the only measure to eliminate an existing tax break that lawmakers approved this year. HB 664 sought to repeal a 5 percent …


Lawmaker caught speeding in school zone

BOISE – Oops. Sen. John Goedde, sponsor of the bill to sharply increase Idaho’s fines for speeding in school zones, was caught speeding in a Boise-area school zone Feb. 28 …


Senate hopes to educate school board

BOISE – Senators say the state Board of Education should work on open meeting law compliance, financial procedures and attendance, and the governor should move the board away from administering …


Session closes in compromise

BOISE – With a compromise on a tax break for businesses, Idaho legislators on Wednesday finally wrapped up their business for the year and adjourned the session. “I think it’s …


Lawmakers stall over business tax break

BOISE – The fate of a tax break for businesses brought Idaho’s over-long legislative session to a standstill Tuesday, with the House refusing to go along with the Senate’s unanimous …