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House advances Thayn’s early graduation bill

The Idaho House has given final approval to a bill Rep. Steven Thayn, R-Emmett, believes will help families in Idaho reduce the cost of going to college. The measure cleared the House 58-12 and it now heads to the Senate … Continue reading

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Daughter helps Thayn push early graduation bill

It’s all in the family for Rep. Steve Thayn, R-Emmett. Thayn, presenting a bill to get students through high school more quickly, brought his daughter Carly to the House Education Committee Monday to talk about her success in using online … Continue reading

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Thayn develops another early graduation program, but this one needs state dollars upfront (video)

Rep. Steven Thayn, R-Emmett, really wants high school kids to get their secondary coursework done quickly so they can go to college early. Thayn, a former teacher himself, proposed Thursday what he calls his “8 in 6 Program,” a process … Continue reading

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Medicaid eats up at least 17 percent of state budget and number could grow

After a number of years of expending less on Medicaid as a share of the whole budget, Idaho is set to keep funds for the program at more than 17 percent of total state spending for the second straight year. … Continue reading

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Teacher liability insurance provision could be altered by 2012 Legislature

School districts in Idaho provide liability insurance for their teachers. That is pretty much where the agreement ends, however, among legislators, Idaho school organizations, a school superintendent and an insurance provider. They differ on the intent and meaning of a liability … Continue reading

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Idaho Department of Labor director calls for reduction in unemployment benefits

Roger Madsen, director of the Idaho Department of Labor (IDOL), on Tuesday echoed statements made in late October by two GOP legislators to reduce the number of unemployment weeks. Madsen, in a letter made public by the department, advises lawmakers … Continue reading

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GOP legislators favor shorter duration for state unemployment benefits

Rep. Steve Thayn, R-Emmett, believes unemployment benefits should be capped at six weeks. Rep. Lynn Luker, R-Boise, feels the cap should be 26 weeks. What both of them agree on, however, is that the current threshold in Idaho, 99 weeks, … Continue reading

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Health exchange, new regulations could increase Medicaid enrollment by 100,000

A new health insurance program could mean that 100,000 more Idahoans would end up with government-paid health coverage. That was the sentiment Idaho Department of Health and Welfare Director Dick Armstrong shared with members of the House Health and Welfare … Continue reading

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DHW hits billing goal for co-pays on Medicaid plan for children

It looks like lawmakers and department officials have met a goal set for achieving a cost-savings within a children’s Medicaid program, but federal intervention might spell trouble for plans to keep up collections of payments. In early 2010, the Idaho … Continue reading

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Budget numbers didn’t force vote on kindergarten reduction and reform proposal

Sometimes, tough budget years force lawmakers to vote on plans and bills they otherwise wouldn’t support in times when taxpayer money is flowing freely. That wasn’t the case in the 2011 legislative session, though lawmakers reduced state spending by at … Continue reading

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