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Luna’s reforms clear low hurdle, face a week of hearings

Idaho Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Luna’s proposed reforms for public schools took their first step, but are in for a long test next week. The Senate Education Committee Thursday approved introducing Luna’s plan Thursday, and has scheduled full hearings … Continue reading

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Senate approves limits on construction agreements that could restrict unions

The Idaho Senate approved a plan limiting state and local governments from requiring contractors on construction projects from paying workers specified wages and benefits. The plan, approved by a 27-7 vote, would limit public entities use of project labor agreements … Continue reading

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Drafts of Luna’s school reform plan solidify potential changes

Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Luna released two draft pieces of legislation detailing all his proposed changes to public schools. The crux of Luna’s reforms is to pay for merit pay for teachers and more technology, including laptops for high … Continue reading

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State could limit labor agreements on public works projects

An Idaho Senate committee OK’d legislation that would strengthen Idaho’s Right-to-Work laws that prevent local and state government entities from being required to enter into labor agreements with contractors on construction projects.  However, the plan could open up the state … Continue reading

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Luna outlines spending and savings in reform plan

Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Luna outlined the budget impact of his wide-ranging school reform proposal to lawmakers on budget and education committees Tuesday. Luna said his Idaho schools must change because state funding for schools will be inadequate under … Continue reading

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JFAC accepts revenue committee’s projections

Idaho’s Joint Finance-Appropriations Committee (JFAC), which writes the state budget, accepted on Friday tax revenue recommendations the Economic Outlook and Revenue Assessment Committee (EORAC) set on Thursday. The recommended revenue target follows figures in the governor’s budget, though lawmakers will … Continue reading

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Lawmakers follow governor’s budget target

A panel of lawmakers agreed to Gov. Butch Otter’s Idaho tax revenue projections, but reserved the right to change its recommended target if tax revenues tumble or surge. Gov. Butch Otter’s proposed budget expects tax revenues to grow by 4.2 … Continue reading

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Luna goes in-depth on reform package, Otter says plan opens world to students

Tuesday morning in the Idaho Capitol, Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Luna outlined his plans to reshape the way the Gem State delivers educational services.  Tuesday afternoon in his office, Luna provided details as to what the reform package will … Continue reading

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Twin Falls approves texting-while-driving ban, becomes first city in Idaho to do so

Twin Falls City Council has adopted a plan to ban texting-while-driving within its city limits.  The proposal, approved by council members Monday, will not go into effect until later this year.  Council members made the city the first in the … Continue reading

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Ward picks up more endorsements from state lawmakers

Monday, Vaughn Ward, battling state Rep. Raul Labrador for the right to face Democrat incumbent Walt Minnick in November’s general election for Idaho’s 1st Congressional District, picked up more endorsements from state legislators, all from north Idaho.  It is the … Continue reading

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