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Idaho lawmaker mulling reform of state retirement system

At least one Gem State lawmaker, Rep. Jeff Thompson, R-Idaho Falls, is looking to Utah for guidance on what a new pension program might look like.  Thompson, a member of the budget-setting committee, is studying a means of reforming the … Continue reading

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Health exchange issue puts Idaho’s governor, Idaho’s U.S. House reps at odds

U.S. Reps. Mike Simpson and Raul Labrador sided with Republicans last week in stopping funding for health insurance exchanges, which are state-level websites or portals that would help individuals and small businesses buy health insurance. Under the 2010 federal reform … Continue reading

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Amid budget troubles, Boise State finds $55,000 to bring in rapper for ‘free’ concert

Despite waning state support for higher education during the past few years, Boise State University (BSU) found a way spend at least $55,000 to bring rapper Lupe Fiasco to perform at the Taco Bell arena Saturday for the school’s 37th … Continue reading

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Breitbart, Labrador to speak at 2nd annual Idaho Freedom Foundation banquet

The Idaho Freedom Foundation’s (IFF) second annual Freedom and Celebration Banquet will take place May 19 at the Nampa Civic Center. This year, the foundation is bringing in two extraordinary speakers in Congressman Raul Labrador and political activist Andrew Breitbart. … Continue reading

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April tax revenues exceed expectations

April tax revenues can be the make-or-break month for Idaho’s state budget, and this year’s budget appears to be safe, as revenues were almost $14 million above expectations. That gives the state close to a $74.2 million surplus for the … Continue reading

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Despite executive order, some Obamacare money could be used in Idaho

On April 20, Gov. Butch Otter signed an executive order preventing implementation  in Idaho of Obamacare, the 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA). The order is intended to prevent state agencies from entering into agreements with or accepting … Continue reading

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State pension fund rebounding, but unfunded gap remains

It appears that Idaho’s pension program may be one of the most solvent in the nation, based on a study released last month by the Pew Center, a national research and polling institution. The Pew study says the average state … Continue reading

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Five months later, ISU professor still being paid not to teach

Sometimes when public employees find trouble, it’s the taxpayers that lose the most. It seems that’s the case with Idaho State University professor Thomas F. Hale, who has been receiving his nearly $70,000 annual salary for the past four years … Continue reading

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Idaho’s DEQ implements policies primarily dictated by federal EPA, lawsuits

On July 9, 1970, citing rising concerns over environmental protection and conservation, President Richard Nixon by executive order created the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as a single, independent agency from a number of smaller arms of different federal agencies. Five … Continue reading

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Education reform opponents get outside help for referendum push

Opponents of three education reform bills pushed through the Idaho Legislature by Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Luna are receiving some outside help with the effort to put the measures up for a public vote. While one group supporting the … Continue reading

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