Category Archives: Government Programs

Senate panel OKs waiving food stamp asset test

A Senate panel voted to extend a temporary waiver on the asset test for people seeking food stamps.  The rule still must be approved by a House committee. Removing the asset test helps those hurt by the recession, says Rosie … Continue reading

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Despite contentious hearing, panel passes Idaho Health Freedom Act

In a contentious hearing Thursday morning in the House State Affairs Committee, the Idaho Health Freedom Act (IFHA), sponsored by Rep. Jim Clark, R-Hayden, and co-sponsored by Rep. Raul Labrador, R-Eagle, and Rep. Lynn Luker, R-Boise, passed the committee on … Continue reading

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Schroeder introduces plan to de-power parks board

Sen. Gary Schroeder, R-Moscow, has introduced a plan that could turn the Idaho Parks and Recreation Board into an advisory committee, and give the board’s full power to parks director Nancy Merrill.  Schroeder said he won’t move forward with the … Continue reading

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Democrats release jobs plan

Democrats in the Idaho Legislature have unveiled their plan for creating jobs that they say will put people back to work.  The six-piece plan focuses largely on helping small businesses with government support and tax credits.  One proposal would also … Continue reading

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First Lady Otter, Supt. Luna team up to introduce school fitness program

With gym students of South Junior High in Boise looking on as they spoke Tuesday, First Lady Lori Otter and Idaho Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Luna introduced a pilot fitness program they hope will increase physical activity and accountability … Continue reading

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Oversight panel releases report on prisons

A new report says Idaho prisons are aging and close to capacity, and recommends lawmakers start replacing some facilities that could save money within a few years.  The broad report from the Legislature’s Office of Performance Evaluations (OPE) also said … Continue reading

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Idaho businessmen warn of looming worker shortage

Businessmen Ron Nilson, owner of Ground Force Manufacturing in Post Falls, and Doug Sayer, president of Premier Technologies in Pocatello, teamed up Tuesday to deliver some fiery and, at times, confrontational messages to lawmakers.  The two appeared before a joint … Continue reading

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Otter and Merrill offer specifics on parks

The Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation will not be eliminated, but will see funding reductions and layoffs, according to Gov. Butch Otter. He and parks director Nancy Merrill presented some changes Friday to Otter’s original plan to merge parks … Continue reading

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Human Rights Commission could merge with labor department

The Idaho Human Rights Commission (IHRC) could merge with the Idaho Department of Labor to offset a loss in state funding and stave off potential elimination. “There is a lot of overlap,” said Pam Parks, the director of the IHRC. … Continue reading

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Education advocates have their say on the budget

Education organizations are asking Idaho lawmakers to look at raising taxes to hold off reducing funding to public schools. The groups also called for a moratorium on new charter schools and asked a Senate panel to extend laws that give … Continue reading

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