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Eye on Boise: Denney gets a do-over on his budget

Eight days after a stunned Idaho Secretary of State Lawerence Denney said lawmakers had “gutted” his budget, the Joint Finance-Appropriations Committee did a re-do, and relented on providing $1.2 million …


UPDATED: Wed., March 7, 2018, 9:36 p.m.

Idaho lawmakers squabble over Liquor Division budget, new stores

The Idaho Legislature’s joint budget committee bogged down in a big way on Wednesday over the state Liquor Division budget, as Sen. Fred Martin, R-Boise, led an ultimately unsuccessful move …


Eye on Boise: Legislator nudging Washington and North Idaho to switch time zones

If Sen. Steve Vick had his way, North Idaho would be on Mountain standard time year round – so it’d be in the same time zone as Boise in the …


Idaho budgets for swelling load of prison inmates

Idaho lawmakers have set a budget for the state Department of Correction next year that reflects a 7.6 percent increase in state funds and nearly doubles funding for county and …


UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 6, 2018, 1:35 p.m.

ITD wants to spend $2 million to replace aging state plane

The Idaho Transportation Department wants to spend $2 million next year to replace one of the airplanes in the state’s three-plane fleet, a 45-year-old Cessna 182.


Eye on Boise: Otter’s higher ed CEO proposal gets rocky reception in Legislature

Idaho Gov. Butch Otter’s proposal to add a high-paid new CEO of higher education next year to oversee consolidating business functions among the state’s universities drew heavy flak in the …


UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 26, 2018, 4:27 p.m.

Idaho wolf control board seeks another $400K next year to kill problem wolves

A state board charged with contracting to have problem wolves killed asked state lawmakers for another $400,000 on Friday, though the board has received that amount from the state each …


UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 25, 2018, 9:12 p.m.

Ybarra pitches 6.8 percent school budget increase to lawmakers

Sherri Ybarra, Idaho’s state superintendent of schools, made a strong pitch to state lawmakers Thursday to raise the public school budget by 6.8 percent next year, with the biggest portion …


UPDATED: Mon., Jan. 22, 2018, 10:56 p.m.

NIC seeks budget boost, but Otter recommends a small cut instead

North Idaho College requested an increase in state funding next year of more than $1 million, but Gov. Butch Otter instead is recommending a small cut in NIC’s budget.


UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 16, 2018, 10:42 p.m.

Library use up, especially among millennials, Idaho state librarian tells lawmakers

Library use is growing in Idaho and nationally, especially among millennials.


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: Wed., Jan. 10, 2018, 10:06 p.m.

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: Thu., March 9, 2017, 5:48 p.m.

Idaho lawmakers scale back boost in probation, parole officers

A plan to add two dozen probation and parole officers to Idaho’s prison system next year was cut in half to just a dozen on Thursday, as growing inmate numbers …


UPDATED: Thu., March 9, 2017, 5:52 p.m.

Idaho lawmakers back higher-ed building plan

Gov. Butch Otter’s proposal for a $35 million higher-ed construction program next year won unanimous approval from the Idaho Legislature’s joint budget committee on Thursday.


UPDATED: Mon., Feb. 27, 2017, 10:15 p.m.

Idaho lawmakers back 6.3% funding boost for schools

Idaho lawmakers set a budget Monday for K-12 public schools for next year at $1.7 billion, a 6.3 percent increase in state funding over this year, and slightly less than …


Eye on Boise: Idaho lawmakers debate health budgets, but not coverage gap

Idaho lawmakers have just finished a full week of hearings on health and human services budgets, and while major changes and initiatives are underway in some areas, there was little …


Idaho school Wi-Fi plan surprises legislators

BOISE – Idaho state schools chief Tom Luna is about to sign a 15-year, multimillion-dollar contract for a private company to set up Wi-Fi networks in every high school in …


North Idaho gains clout on budget committee

BOISE – Lawmakers from Lewiston and points north will take up eight of the 20 seats on the Idaho Legislature’s powerful joint budget committee when the 2013 session convenes in …


Idaho school officials knock new data system

Idaho’s new multimillion-dollar student data system is causing giant headaches at school districts around the state and local school officials say it isn’t working, state lawmakers heard Wednesday. State Superintendent …


Idaho schools could get some relief amid budget cuts

Idaho schools could get about $50 million in a one-time payout in July, no strings attached, if state tax revenues meet projections in the final month of the state’s fiscal …


Key panel will hear testimony

BOISE – The powerful joint committee that writes all budget bills in the Idaho Legislature is also the only committee that’s never taken public testimony – but it will this …


Idaho opens state budget to public input

The powerful joint committee that writes all budget bills in the Idaho Legislature is also the only committee that’s never taken public testimony - but it will this year. With …


North Idaho presence on JFAC drops by two

BOISE – Now that embattled Rep. Phil Hart, R-Athol, has been removed from the House tax committee for the next two years, where did he land? House Speaker Lawerence Denney …


Henderson gives up budget post to focus on jobs

Rep. Frank Henderson, R-Post Falls, has decided to give up his coveted seat on the Idaho Legislature’s Joint Finance-Appropriations Committee after five years to focus on economic development legislation in …


Director outlines Idaho’s gloomy Medicaid outlook

BOISE – Idaho’s Medicaid program is facing such a big potential shortfall next year that officials are considering using volunteers to help those who now rely on its services. State …


Idaho budget picture grim

BOISE – Idaho’s state budget news is bleak, lawmakers heard as they gathered Wednesday for the interim meeting of the Legislature’s joint budget committee. One in five Idaho school districts …


Idaho faces bleak budget news

Idaho’s state budget news is bleak, lawmakers heard as they gathered Wednesday for the interim meeting of the Legislature’s joint budget committee: One in five Idaho school districts has declared …