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Bill introduced to stop camping on Capitol Mall lawn, which would force Occupy Boise to vacate

On Tuesday, Rep. Scott Bedke, R- Oakley, assistant House majority leader, introduced legislation in the House State Affairs Committee to ban camping on the Capitol Mall. The bill would essentially force the Occupy Boise movement to pack up and leave, … Continue reading

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Medicaid eats up at least 17 percent of state budget and number could grow

After a number of years of expending less on Medicaid as a share of the whole budget, Idaho is set to keep funds for the program at more than 17 percent of total state spending for the second straight year. … Continue reading

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State likely to hit $34 million in Medicaid cut goals outlined in last year’s session

In the 2011 legislative session, Rep. Janice McGeachin,R-IdahoFalls, successfully pushed a bill to cut $35 million out of the Medicaid budget. It appears, at least six months into the process, the state will hit its savings targets overall, though certain … Continue reading

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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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