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Days before filing begins, several candidates declare their intentions

It’s still days before candidate filing opens, but it’s becoming clear that the Idaho House and the Idaho Senate will see many new members after the 2012 elections. Candidates and challengers can begin filing for public office on Monday. In … Continue reading

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Budget committee approves revenue target $33 million less than Otter’s projection

On Friday, members of the Joint Finance-Appropriations Committee (JFAC) approved its revenue target for fiscal year 2013, which means lawmakers can now begin setting budgets for state agencies, public schools and Idaho’s colleges and universities. JFAC approved a $2.667 billion … Continue reading

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Cameron pushes bill to end teacher pay reductions in Luna’s reforms

In an unusual meeting Wednesday morning, the Senate Finance Committee approved a bill to end the teacher pay reductions imposed by reforms pushed last year by Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Luna. The bill, brought by Sen. Dean Cameron, R-Rupert, … 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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Budget surplus ticketed to education, taxpayers

Idaho’s state budget closed with an $85.3 million surplus during the last year, and most of that money is already accounted for, heading to schools or taxpayers on their next income tax return. Almost $60 million of the money will … Continue reading

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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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JFAC co-chair OK with LSO bonuses, critical of salary bumps for DFM

Reports of Idaho state workers receiving bonuses or salary increases may have raised eyebrows or outcry with some, but Sen. Dean Cameron, R-Rupert, who works closely with legislative staff and helps write the state budget, said he’s reviewed the bonuses … Continue reading

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Education could get $56 million due to budget surplus

Idaho budget writers got an update Wednesday on the millions of dollars in surplus state revenues, most of which will go back into the public education system to offset looming cuts. Tax revenues are currently $66 million over the state … Continue reading

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Legislative workers got nearly $100,000 in bonuses this year

Idaho’s Legislative Services Office (LSO), which assists state lawmakers, paid out bonuses of at least $1,200 to 59 employees this year. The $94,633 given out is almost 42 percent of all bonuses given out to state employees, though the director … Continue reading

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Shortfall in May tax revenues could affect schools

The Idaho state government collected $8 million less in taxes than it expected in May, though it still has a $66 million surplus going into the final month of the fiscal year. Most of any surplus left would go to … Continue reading

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