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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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North Idaho College to regulate free speech activities on campus

On Wednesday the North Idaho College’s (NIC) board of trustees voted unanimously to give the administration at the Coeur d’Alene junior college control on “free speech activities.” Such activities include speeches, picketing and leafleting. NIC’s decision to create a policy, … Continue reading

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Food stamp ID bill stopped due to threat of loss of federal money

There are a number of lawmakers in the Idaho House and Senate who look for ways to keep federal money out of the state by passing legislation to push back on Washington, D.C. It looks as if they could have … Continue reading

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School districts to have one more year of a stable funding mechanism

One large piece of Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Luna’s education reform package pushed through the Idaho Legislature this year was removal of a funding mechanism that assured school districts across the state of certain funding levels, even if student … Continue reading

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Idaho Education Association and others sue over Luna’s labor privilege bill

The Idaho Education Association (IEA), the Gem State’s voluntary teachers’ union, announced via its Twitter account Wednesday that is has filed a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of Senate Bill 1108, part of an education reform package pushed through the Legislature … Continue reading

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Legislators split on charging news agencies rent for Capitol space

Last week, IdahoReporter.com reported that some of the heavies in the news business – the AP, Idaho Statesman, Twin Falls Times-News, Idaho Press-Tribune, and the Lewiston Morning Tribune, among others – are receiving free office space subsidized by Gem State taxpayers. … Continue reading

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Tuition hikes reflect trend of students paying greater share of college costs

Students looking to attend one of Idaho’s four-year institutions of higher education next year will have to shell out a bit more to do so due to tuition increases approved by the Idaho State Board of Education last week. The … Continue reading

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