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House Republicans retain leadership team, House Democrats fill two posts

Republicans in the Idaho House of Representatives decided to keep their leadership team of the past two years as a whole, but House Democrats chose to fill two posts with new faces. The top spot in the House will again … Continue reading

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Allred clarifies position on right-to-work and labor unions

Before speaking at the Idaho Democratic Party’s convention at the Coeur d’Alene Casino Saturday, Keith Allred, slated to face Republican Gov. Butch Otter in November, clarified his position on Idaho’s right-to-work law.  Allred came under fire Friday from members of … Continue reading

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House Republicans question Allred on labor unions

Republican leaders in the Idaho House of Representatives fired a warning shot at Keith Allred, the Democratic candidate for governor, over his stance on labor unions.  Just before the Democratic state convention, GOP officials issued a news release questioning Allred’s … Continue reading

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Lawmakers recommend spending on some touch-ups to the Capitol

The newly-restored Idaho Capitol is already showing some wear and tear after the first legislative session, and a panel of state lawmakers met to go over some small fixes to the 100-year-old building.  Most of the enhancements the panel recommended … Continue reading

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Universities and colleges get House permission to go it alone on certain purchases

Certain institutions of higher education in Idaho may soon get the freedom to go it alone on purchasing special equipment for school programs.  The House voted unanimously to approve a measure brought by Rep. Scott Bedke, R-Oakley, that he says … Continue reading

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Committee approves plan allowing universities to go it alone on purchasing

The last time a representative from Boise State University made an appearance in the Capitol building, the House Education Committee heard testimony from the school’s president, Bob Kustra, about the need for the Legislature to grant more flexibility during the … Continue reading

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Little signs higher ed reserve fund into law

Idaho Lt. Gov. Brad Little signed legislation creating a Higher Education Stabilization Fund in a ceremony Monday in the governor’s office.  The reserve fund for universities and colleges received broad support in the Legislature.  Funding for higher ed wouldn’t increase … Continue reading

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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

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Lawmakers could close state offices for furloughs

Idaho lawmakers are looking to give state offices more choices in responding to shrinking spending by closing offices due to furloughs. A proposal approved by a Senate committee Monday would allow offices to close due to mandatory unpaid days off … Continue reading

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Senate passes higher ed ‘safety net’

Senators voted 33-0  Thursday to support the creation of the Higher Education Stabilization Fund, or HESF as it is called by its sponsors, which, many believe, will help state-funded colleges and universities avoid drastic cuts in funding during future times … Continue reading

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