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1:01 pm
Tue January 10, 2012

USDA To Close, Consolidate Five Idaho Offices

 

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack outlined the USDA’s new ‘Blueprint for Stronger Service’ on Monday.  The plan includes closing 259 offices across the country and overseas.  Five of those offices are in Idaho.

“We’re I think doing a record amount of work.” Secretary Vilsack told reporters in a teleconference.  ” It’s clear that farmers, ranchers producers folks who live in rural America need our services and so we opted to be proactive and to provide an approach that would provide the least amount of disruption to service to the people that mattered the most.”

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Some Idahoans might get a tax break
4:29 pm
Mon January 9, 2012

Reactions To Otter’s Tax Cut Proposal

BOISE, ID – Some state employees could get a bonus this year, education could get a financial boost, and some Idahoans might get a tax break.  That’s if Idaho’s Governor has his way.  Butch Otter gave his budget recommendations to the legislature Monday.  It’s different in one fundamental way from years past.  He recommends a 5 percent across the board

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45 million dollars in tax cuts
4:25 pm
Mon January 9, 2012

Governor Butch Otter Has a Plan for Jobs

BOISE, ID – 45 million dollars in tax cuts.  60 million tucked away for a rainy day.  41 million for state employee raises.  Idaho Governor Butch Otter has unveiled his state budget for fiscal year 2013.  We break down the jobs portion of the budget.

Including our public school teachers
3:46 pm
Mon January 9, 2012

State Employees Could See A One Time Bonus

BOISE, Id – State of Idaho employees have seen pay cuts, furloughs, even layoffs over the past few years. That’s as the state has cut budgets back during the economic downturn.   Since fiscal year 2008, the state workforce has shrunk by more than 19-hundred employees. Idaho Governor Butch Otter said today that the employees who are left, have had to do more with less.

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Governor Butch Otter unveils his vision
3:40 pm
Mon January 9, 2012

Idaho Governor Outlines Priorities

BOISE, ID – Idaho Governor Butch Otter unveils his vision for the future of Idaho in his annual address to the legislature.  He also outlines his budget for Fiscal Year 2013.

Follow along with Governor’s speech here.

Butch Otter is talking about tax cuts
3:36 pm
Mon January 9, 2012

Idaho’s Governor Open to Tax Cuts

Governor "Butch" Otter
Aaron Kunz EarthFix

BOISE, Id –For the past few years, Idaho’s Governor has talked about holdbacks, as the economy forced the state to cut funds.  This year, Butch Otter is talking about tax cuts which he outlined in his annual address to the legislature today.  He wants to set aside 45-million dollars, for what he calls “tax relief,” in 2013.

Butch Otter “I have been discussing the form of that tax relief for some time now, with legislative leaders, business groups, tax experts and our citizens. There remains a wide diversity of opinion on how best to target tax relief.”

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60-million dollars in fiscal year 2013
3:34 pm
Mon January 9, 2012

Idaho Governor: Tuck Money Away For A Rainy Day

BOISE, Id – Idaho Governor Butch Otter wants to tuck some money away for a rainy day.  In his State of the State speech today, Otter pointed out that over the economic downturn of the past four years, the state has spent 381-million dollars in Rainy Day funds.

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Idaho Legislature
3:24 pm
Mon January 9, 2012

Lawmakers Get Ready to Look at an Idaho Health Insurance Exchange

Bill Deal/Department of Insurance

BOISE, Id – Idaho lawmakers will tackle some major issues this session including whether the state should create a health insurance exchange. Under the Affordable Care Act, such an exchange will have to be in place by 2014. The question is whether Idaho would be better off going with a national system or creating a state one. The Idaho Department of Insurance will help craft legislation on a state-based exchange.

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Idaho Legislature
3:20 pm
Mon January 9, 2012

Idaho’s Schools Chief Looks To Increase Education Funding in 2012

Boise, ID – Idaho lawmakers return to the statehouse for the 2012 session. They’ll hear Governor Butch Otter’s priorities in his State of the State address Monday afternoon. Already department leaders have made requests for budget increases and priorities, among them Schools Superintendent Tom Luna. Last year Luna pushed through major changes including mandatory online classes and laptops for high school students, limiting collective bargaining for teachers and instituting pay for performance.

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2:04 pm
Mon January 9, 2012

Idaho’s Schools Chief Looks To Increase Education Funding in 2012

Boise, ID – Idaho lawmakers return to the statehouse for the 2012 session. They’ll hear Governor Butch Otter’s priorities in his State of the State address Monday afternoon. Already department leaders have made requests for budget increases and priorities, among them Schools Superintendent Tom Luna. Last year Luna pushed through major changes including mandatory online classes and laptops for high school students, limiting collective bargaining for teachers and instituting pay for performance.

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1:05 pm
Mon January 9, 2012

Idaho’s 116th Has New Commander

 

Boise, ID – Idaho’s 116th Cavalry Brigade Combat team has a new commander.  Colonel Don Blunck took command of the unit during a ceremony in Boise Sunday.   Blunck says he has one major priority.

“Initially my focus is reintegrating soldiers back into their daily lives.”

He recently returned from a year-long deployment as part of Operation New Dawn in Iraq.  He served as the deputy commander of the unit during the mission.

Blunck says deployment isn’t the most difficult part.

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12:22 pm
Mon January 9, 2012

Idaho Governor: Tuck Money Away For A Rainy Day

 

BOISE, Id – Idaho Governor Butch Otter wants to tuck some money away for a rainy day.  In his State of the State speech today, Otter pointed out that over the economic downturn of the past four years, the state has spent 381-million dollars in Rainy Day funds.

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Other News
12:20 pm
Mon January 9, 2012

Idaho’s Governor Open To Tax Cuts

 

BOISE, Id –For the past few years, Idaho’s Governor has talked about holdbacks, as the economy forced the state to cut funds.  This year, Butch Otter is talking about tax cuts which he outlined in his annual address to the legislature today.  He wants to set aside 45-million dollars, for what he calls “tax relief,” in 2013.

Butch Otter “I have been discussing the form of that tax relief for some time now, with legislative leaders, business groups, tax experts and our citizens. There remains a wide diversity of opinion on how best to target tax relief.”

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12:14 pm
Mon January 9, 2012

Idaho Governor Outlines Priorities

 

BOISE, ID – Idaho Governor Butch Otter unveils his vision for the future of Idaho in his annual address to the legislature.  He also outlines his budget for Fiscal Year 2013.

Follow along with Governor’s speech here.

 

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12:10 pm
Mon January 9, 2012

State Employees Could See A One Time Bonus

 

BOISE, Id – State of Idaho employees have seen pay cuts, furloughs, even layoffs over the past few years. That’s as the state has cut budgets back during the economic downturn.   Since fiscal year 2008, the state workforce has shrunk by more than 19-hundred employees. Idaho Governor Butch Otter said today that the employees who are left, have had to do more with less.

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12:06 pm
Mon January 9, 2012

Governor Butch Otter Has A Plan For Jobs

 

BOISE, ID – 45 million dollars in tax cuts.  60 million tucked away for a rainy day.  41 million for state employee raises.  Idaho Governor Butch Otter has unveiled his state budget for fiscal year 2013.  We break down the jobs portion of the budget.

 

Find out more from StateImpact Idaho.

New legislative session
3:12 pm
Sat January 7, 2012

Idaho Lawmakers On Legislative Session Priorities

BOISE, ID – A new legislative session begins Monday.  Leaders in the Idaho statehouse shared their thoughts on what their key priorities are this year with reporters at an Associated Press preview last week.  Scott Ki put together this audio postcard of some of the highlights from Senate and House leadership. We begin with Senate President Pro Tem Brent Hill, a Republican from Rexburg.

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2:31 pm
Thu January 5, 2012

Idaho’s Budget: Governor Cautious, Others Cautiously Optimistic

 

Boise, ID – Idaho may see more money for state programs like education this year. That’s one prediction from lawmakers as the state gears up for the 2012 legislature which starts next week. But  not everyone is optimistic.

Idaho Governor Butch Otter faced a room full of reporters Thursday to lay out his predications for the legislature. He starts by saying state revenues have been down for the past few months.

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1:15 pm
Thu January 5, 2012

Counting Owls As Part Of An Annual Effort

 

Boise, ID – The 112th annual Christmas bird count comes to an end today, January 5th).  
Thousands of birders and biologists count all species of birds across the country for the event, sponsored by the Audobon Society.  Emily Schwing joined one biologist to count owls before dawn on a cold winter morning.

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