Tag Archives: Congress

Senate approves resolution to pay down federal debt

Idaho lawmakers will send a resolution to members of Congress asking them to balance the national budget and pay down the federal deficit.  The Idaho Senate approve the resolution Thursday, following House approval on March 4.  The resolution also calls … Continue reading

Posted in Headlines, People & Politics | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Senate panel approves resolution opposing federal debt

The Senate State Affairs Committee Wednesday approved a resolution urging the federal government to balance the budget and erase the multi-trillion dollar national debt. “We are at a critical time in our country,” said Rep. Rich Jarvis, R-Meridian, who is … Continue reading

Posted in Headlines, People & Politics | Tagged , | 1 Comment

Otter and Wasden explain why they’re suing over health care (video)

Idaho Gov. Butch Otter and Attorney General Lawrence Wasden said their lawsuit against the federal government concerning recently approved federal health care legislation should ultimately be decided by the U.S. Supreme Court.  Otter said Idaho should win the lawsuit, which … Continue reading

Posted in Headlines, Multimedia, People & Politics | Tagged , , , , | 2 Comments

Wasden’s next step: review health care bill before deciding on lawsuit

A spokesman for Idaho Attorney General Lawrence Wasden says the state’s top lawyer will start reviewing the new federal health care legislation after it is signed by President Barack Obama. “Until it’s signed, it could change,” said Bob Cooper, Wasden’s … Continue reading

Posted in Headlines, People & Politics | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

House scuttles exploring Internet sales tax

An Idaho House panel rejected a plan to look into collecting sales tax on Internet purchases. Idaho loses an estimated $30 million dollars a year in tax revenues on Internet sales, according to a University of Tennessee study. If Idaho … Continue reading

Posted in Headlines, Taxes & Budget | Tagged , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Otter, Idahoans in Congress don’t want sage grouse on endangered list

Idaho’s congressional delegation and Gov. Butch Otter sent a letter Monday to U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar, saying they will work to make sure that the sage grouse isn’t added to the endangered list.  The letter to Salazar … Continue reading

Posted in Headlines, State Laws & Policies | Tagged , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Idaho lawmakers condemn cap-and-trade legislation

The Idaho Legislature will send a memorial to Congress condemning proposed legislation to create a cap-and-trade system for some emissions and pollutants.  The Senate approved the memorial Friday on a voice vote.  The memorial passed the House on Feb. 23. … Continue reading

Posted in Headlines, People & Politics | Tagged , | Leave a comment

Otter wants to amend the U.S. Constitution

Idaho Gov. Butch Otter wants to change the U.S. Constitution. He’s not the only one. So does the governor of Wyoming, plus some Idaho lawmakers. In a letter dated Feb. 12, 2010, addressed to Rep. Eric Anderson, R-Priest Lake, Otter … Continue reading

Posted in Headlines, State Laws & Policies | Tagged , , , , , , | 6 Comments

Senate approves raising pay for redistricting commissioners

The Idaho Senate approved increasing the pay for members of the Idaho Redistricting Commission, but the overall cost to the state would decrease. Under a proposal from Senate President Pro Tem Bob Geddes, R-Soda Springs, the six commissioners who will … Continue reading

Posted in Government Programs, Headlines | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

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

Posted in Headlines, Live Blog | Tagged , , , | 2 Comments