Category Archives: Press Releases

State budget ends with $85 million surplus, most of it going to schools

The following is a news release from Idaho Gov. Butch Otter:   STATE BUDGET ENDS FISCAL YEAR WELL AHEAD OF EXPECTATIONS; GOVERNOR URGES CAUTION   (BOISE) – Governor C.L. “Butch” Otter announced today that the State ended fiscal year 2011 … Continue reading

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Idaho Republicans in Congress slam Obama’s budget

President Barack Obama’s newly unveiled budget for the federal government is not getting favorable reviews from Idaho’s congressional delegation. All four members of Congress sent out news releases with their own critique of the president’s plan for spending and taxing … Continue reading

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Prisons chief touts trends, shares budget worries

Idaho Department of Correction (IDOC) Director Brent Reinke says his workers have handled a shrinking budget better than he could have dreamed, but that many important posts are unstaffed due to furloughs and employees leaving for work elsewhere. An opinion … Continue reading

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Clint Stennett’s wife formally gets his Senate seat

Michelle Stennett, the wife of the late Sen. Clint Stennett, D-Ketchum, will finish out her husband’s term in the Idaho Senate, according to a news release from Gov. Butch Otter. Michelle Stennett served for her late husband, who batttled brain … Continue reading

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Former governor Kempthorne endorses Labrador

Former Idaho Gov. and Department of the Interior Secretary Dirk Kempthorne is endorsing state Rep. Raul Labrador of Eagle in his race for Congress in Idaho’s 1st District.  Labrador, who is challenging Democratic Rep. Walt Minnick, has also been endorsed … Continue reading

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Otter offers answers to questions on wolves in Idaho

Gov. Butch Otter released a set of answers to questions on how government officials will handle wolves in Idaho, following his decision to end the state’s monitoring of wolves. He clarified that people can kill wolves if they are threatening … Continue reading

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Simpson wants comments on ending wolves’ federal protection

Idaho Rep. Mike Simpson is asking for comments to a plan from Montana Rep. Denny Rehberg that would exclude wolves in both states from the endangered species list, which currently protects the animals. Simpson posted a draft of Rehberg’s plan … Continue reading

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Drug settlement nets Idaho $702,000

Idaho will receive more than $700,000 from a pharmaceutical company for improperly advertising a prescription drug. Half of the the money will go to Idaho’s Medicaid program to cover the cost of improper claims, and the other half will go … Continue reading

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