Category Archives: Government Programs

PERSI fund doing well, but computers need replacing

The head of the Public Employee Retirement System of Idaho (PERSI) told lawmakers that the fund for state workers has continued to make gains and lower its unfunded liability. Don Drum, PERSI’s executive director, also said the agency needs $13 … Continue reading

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State funding, economy creating risks for foster care, child welfare

Child welfare and foster care are among many state services receiving a double dose of pain due to the sluggish state economy. As tax revenues remain low, the state attempts to provide services with less funding, but the economic slump … Continue reading

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Transportation board wants $162 million GARVEE funding

With a busted bank account, the Idaho Transportation Board is looking to borrow $162 million for projects to make it easier to motor between Boise and Canyon County and around north Idaho. About half the money  the board is requesting … Continue reading

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State-based banks among TARP dividend deadbeats

Three of Idaho’s four bailed-out banks are lagging on payments to the federal government. Deepest in the hole is Boise-based Idaho Banking Company; the bank has failed to deliver the feds dividend payments for five consecutive quarters, according to a … Continue reading

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Otter announces creation of energy conservation studies institute (video)

In the end, says Idaho Gov. Butch Otter, the energy debate is all about the how the energy is used.  Maybe that’s why Otter, joined by a host of business interests from across the Gem State, created the Energy Efficiency … Continue reading

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Higher ed science stimulus spending $24 million in Idaho; Simpson says projects not worth debt

The science arms of Idaho’s colleges and universities are taking on a bevy of building and research projects thanks to the federal stimulus. Some hail the spending, saying it will boost schools’ standing in the research world and help students … Continue reading

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Otter tells feds Idaho won’t manage protected wolves

Idaho wildlife officials will leave it to the federal government to manage wolves in the state. Gov. Butch Otter sent U.S. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar a letter Monday saying that the state won’t manage wolves as a designated agent of … Continue reading

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IDOC expecting slower offender population growth

Idaho’s criminal justice system should a slower rise in the number of offenders, according to a new forecast by the Idaho Department of Correction (IDOC). IDOC had a population of 21,285 offenders incarcerated or on probation or parole at the … Continue reading

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Feds to Otter: no wolf hunt this year

Gov. Butch Otter said federal wildlife officials have signaled that they won’t allow a public wolf hunt this year, and said the state is still negotiating with the feds on how to manage wolves. “We were told that we were … Continue reading

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North Idaho counselor sentenced for Medicaid fraud for taking boys to rap concert

A Hayden counselor received two years probation after pleading guilty to one count of Medicaid provider fraud. Last year, Lindsay A. Nelson billed Idaho’s Medicaid program for individual counseling for two boys. An investigation by the Idaho Attorney General’s Medicaid … Continue reading

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