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Speaker Denney blocks pension-spiking bill; issue likely dead for this session

A few weeks ago, Idaho House Speaker Lawerence Denney, R-Midvale, blocked a bill to end legislative pension-spiking by former lawmakers. The bill, brought by Rep. Dennis Lake, R-Blackfoot, would have essentially prevented legislators spiking their taxpayer-funded pensions by taking high-paying … Continue reading

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Lake again brings bill to end legislative pension-spiking

As he did during the 2011 legislative session, Rep. Dennis Lake, R-Blackfoot, has brought a bill to end legislative pension-spiking, a practice that costs taxpayers thousands of dollars each year. Lake introduced the bill late in the 2011 session, but … Continue reading

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Stegner’s new post comes with a $124,000 salary and possible pension payoff

University of Idaho President Duane Nellis announced Friday that Sen. Joe Stegner, R-Lewiston, will leave the Idaho Senate to become the school’s chief lobbyist starting Dec. 1. The position will pay $124,000 annually to Stegner and has the possibility to … Continue reading

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Idaho Senate rejects wind energy tax rebate extension

Idaho lawmakers have struggled with how to regulate and reward wind energy and other forms of alternative energy, and on the apparent last day of the session, the Idaho Senate rejected what was billed as a compromise between alternative energy … Continue reading

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Another version of renewable energy tax credit passes House

If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again. Right? That might be the motto Rep. George Eskridge, R-Dover, has lived by during the 2011 legislation. Eskridge has sponsored at least five different versions of a bill that would give … Continue reading

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Senate hopeful income tax credit will create jobs

The Idaho Senate approved an amended version of an income tax credit backed by Gov. Butch Otter that would give employers a portion of the salaries they pay to new workers hired in the next three years. The legislation passed … Continue reading

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Otter’s jobs tax credit makes progress, faces changes

Gov. Butch Otter’s proposed tax credit for creating new jobs made it past a Senate panel that’s rejected several other tax credits, though it faces small changes. The Senate Local Government and Taxation Committee agreed to send the proposed tax … Continue reading

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Lone urban renewal reform plan passes Senate

Idaho lawmakers considered 10 different pieces of reforms to urban renewal agencies this year, but so far just one plan that passed the Senate Tuesday has a chance to become law if signed by the governor and if changes are … Continue reading

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Senate passes $34.6 million Medicaid reduction measure

Lawmakers in the Idaho Capitol are one step closer to heading home after the Senate passed a bill that would reduce state Medicaid spending by $34.6 million in fiscal year 2012. The legislation passed the Senate 27-8.  Sen. Joe Stegner, … Continue reading

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Changes likely for urban renewal legislation

The Idaho Senate could tweak two plans aimed at reining in urban renewal agencies (URAs), but two other plans that passed the House could be stopped in their tracks. The Senate Local Government and Taxation Committee agreed to make amendments … Continue reading

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