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Otter encourages Oregon, Washington businesses to move east

Idaho Gov. Butch Otter slammed tax increase ideas in Oregon and Washington in a news release Monday, and encouraged businesses in those states to relocate to Idaho. “We now are reaching out to hundreds of Oregon businesses, and will do … Continue reading

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Senate should vote on Idaho Health Freedom Act Tuesday

The Idaho Senate will likely debate and vote on the Idaho Health Freedom Act Tuesday.  The proposal would shield Idahoans from possible mandates related to federal health care reform.  It has been on the Senate calendar for debate since Feb. … Continue reading

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Otter offers opinion on health care

Gov. Butch Otter offered an editorial Friday morning touting his efforts at reforming health care and criticizing federal health care legislation.  Read Otter’s editorial below. IDAHO IS NOT WAITING FOR FEDERAL HEALTHCARE “REFORM” By Governor C.L. “Butch” Otter It seems … Continue reading

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Dean Cameron explains setting the schools budget in 15 minutes (video)

Sen. Dean Cameron, R-Rupert, explained in detail the process of setting the next Idaho public schools budget as part of his presentation to the Senate Education Committee Wednesday afternoon.  Cameron is one of the leaders of the Joint Finance-Appropriations Committee, … Continue reading

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Senate approves changing archaic words in state law

The Idaho Senate voted 33-0 Tuesday to change some archaic and sometimes offensive words currently in state law to newer, more precise words. Sen. Les Bock, D-Boise, said changing the words won’t affect state law, but would reflect well on … Continue reading

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Senate approves looking into tax exemptions

The Idaho Senate Wednesday approved a plan that would require lawmakers to examine every state sales tax exemption once every five years.  The proposal from Sen. Chuck Winder, R-Boise, would set up an annual legislative review of exemptions.  The Senate … Continue reading

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Fish and Game survey shows declining Lolo elk population

New aerial surveys by the Idaho Department of Fish and Game (IDFG) show that the elk population is declining in the Lolo Elk Management Zone in north central Idaho.  The number of elk in the area dropped 57 percent since … Continue reading

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Senate joins in condemning possible federal clean water expansion

The Idaho Senate approved a memorial critical of a proposed expansion of the federal Clean Water Act. The House approved the non-binding memorial Feb. 18. Congress is considering The Clean Water Restoration Act, sponsored by Wisconsin Democratic Sen. Russ Feingold, … Continue reading

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Health and Welfare expands to full-day Friday closures every other week

The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare (DHW) will close its offices every other Friday, starting next week and lasting until June 11.  DHW instituted half-day closures on alternating Fridays in January as a way to reduce costs and increase … Continue reading

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Labor department found $8.9 million in unemployment fraud last year

The Idaho Department of Labor said it uncovered $8.9 million in unemployment fraud and benefit overpayments in 2009, which is an 82 percent jump from the previous year.  The department recovered $4.3 million of that money, according to a news … Continue reading

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