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Senate transportation chairman equates road and bridge maintenance to owning a home (video)

(Note: This is the second installment of a two-part interview with Sen. Jim Hammond, R-Coeur d’Alene, chairman of the Senate Transportation Committee. For part one, click here.) These days, it seems nearly everyone is struggling for a bit more income. … Continue reading

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State’s share of catastrophic fund could hit $40 million this year

The state’s share of the catastrophic health program could hit $40 million this year, if lawmakers approve a second appropriation for the fund. Roger Christensen, chairman for the program, also known as the CAT fund, asked legislators on the Joint … Continue reading

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New Medicaid requirements could cost $19 million in 2014, $100 million by 2019

Idaho Department of Health and Welfare (DHW) director Dick Armstrong told lawmakers on the Joint Finance-Appropriations Committee Monday that in 2014, the first year of the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) full implementation, Medicaid would need $19 million in extra state … Continue reading

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Idaho’s food stamp use has jumped 270 percent since 2007

Department of Health and Welfare director Dick Armstrong told members of the legislative budget committee Monday that food stamp cases are a good measure of the economy. If that’s the case, Idahoans are hurting, but there may be reason for … Continue reading

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Senate transportation chairman doubtful GARVEE funds will be approved by Legislature (video)

(Note: This is the first installment of a two-part interview with Sen. Jim Hammond, R-Coeur d’Alene, chairman of the Senate Transportation Committee.) The Idaho speaker of the House, Rep. Lawerence Denney, R-Midvale, believes the remaining funds available for road and … Continue reading

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Otter now concedes that $300 million in Medicaid funding not at risk in health exchange program (video)

Last week, IdahoReporter.com first reported that there was no connection between the creation of a state-based health exchange and a possible loss of Medicaid funding, even though Gov. Butch Otter suggested there might be. This week, Otter has reversed course, … Continue reading

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House committee head worries about cost, fate of agents under a state health exchange (video)

(Note: This is the second installment of a two-part interview with Rep. Janice McGeachin,R-IdahoFalls, chairwoman of the House Health and Welfare Committee, concerning a possible health care exchange.) There is a storm brewing in the Idaho Legislature over the creation … Continue reading

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Health and Welfare chair McGeachin may go it alone to stop health exchange (video)

(Note: This is the first installment of a two-part interview with Rep. Janice McGeachin,R-Idaho Falls, chairperson of the House Health and Welfare Committee.) Who says one person can’t make a difference? The coming fight over the creation of a state-based … Continue reading

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Rusche: Senate GOP’s McGee decision won’t aid our ethics reform push

Legislative Democrats are rolling out part of their ethics reform platform Thursday in the Capitol and one state senator they couldn’t have asked for a better gift from Senate Republicans Wednesday. However, one Democratic leader says he won’t use a decision made … Continue reading

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Bipartisan Land Board limitation bill receives initial endorsement

Reps. Grant Burgoyne, D-Boise, and John Vander Woude, R-Nampa, are again working together to attempt to limit the power of the Land Board, a five-member panel of statewide elected officials charged with managing Idaho’s endowment property. Burgoyne and Vander Woude … Continue reading

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