Category Archives: Headlines

Expert calls for Idaho to audit its Medicaid program

Josh Archambault from the Foundation for Government Accountability believes the state should review its Medicaid rolls to determine if there are ineligible participants in the program. A national health policy expert is calling for Idaho to perform an audit of … Continue reading

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Auctioning of Payette Lake cottage sites garners favorable reaction

Rep. Terry Gestrin, R-Donnelly, says the auctioning of some Payette Lake cottage sites is a positive step by the Idaho Department of Lands. The Idaho Department of Lands (IDL) has announced the successful completion of an auction over the weekend … Continue reading

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Infrastructure improvements could come from taxes on cigarettes, construction materials

Sen. Jim Rice, R-Caldwell, believes money going to the general fund from taxes on road construction materials should be dedicated to infrastructure improvements. In the midst of a debate over how Idaho should finance its transportation infrastructure needs, the state … Continue reading

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Juvenile justice reform measure delayed until next legislative session

Sen. Curt McKenzie, R-Boise, says a measure to reform juvenile justice will be delayed a year because of some concerns expressed by the prosecuting attorneys from Ada and Canyon counties. In what was as an unusual display of agreement, members … Continue reading

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School districts permitted by law to hold a bond vote four times per year

Michael Law, a member of the Kuna school board, does not believe it is fair for the district to schedule a bond election for May after voters rejected it in March. Ever wonder why when a school bond fails that … Continue reading

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Workforce fund: $10 million-plus lost on ‘ineffective and ‘inconclusive’ projects

Heinz Frozen Foods collected nearly $900,000 from the Workforce Development Fund to establish a plant in Pocatello. In 2013, the company announced it will close the plant. Since the Idaho Legislature opened the Workforce Development Fund in 1996, the program … Continue reading

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Transportation funding disputes leave infrastructure projects in limbo

Rep. Joe Palmer, R-Meridian, chairman of the House Transportation Committee, says “If we don’t put more money into our transportation infrastructure soon, we may not have much of an infrastructure left.” Idaho officials have been warning for several years of … Continue reading

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Idaho’s K-12 spending for next fiscal year 4.9 percent higher than current budget

Rep. Pete Nielsen, R-Mountain Home, vice chair of the House Education Committee, says he is proud of the state’s K-12 education system that scores well nationally despite not being as well funded as other states. The amount of money spent … Continue reading

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Rep. Boyle disputes media information on federal gun-buyer background checks

Rep. Judy Boyle, right, R-Midvale, says recent media stories about gun-buyer background checks are not accurate. According to the Associated Press and a Pocatello newspaper, the Idaho State Police (ISP) has begun a new process of reporting mental health data … Continue reading

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Land Board seeks outside guidance for ‘general investment and governance’

Rep John Vander Woude, center, R-Nampa, wonders about the motives of the Idaho Department of Lands in seeking an outside consultant to assist it with investment strategy. The Idaho Department of Lands (IDL) is seeking an outside consultant to assist … Continue reading

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