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Labrador introduces bill requiring state, Congressional signoff on national monuments

May 3rd, 2017 | By
Craters of the Moon is hoping to one day become a National Park.

Labrador Press Release WASHINGTON, D.C. – On Tuesday Rep. Raúl Labrador, R-Idaho, introduced H.R. 2284, a bill to reform the Antiquities Act to restrain unilateral presidential power. Labrador’s National Monument Designation Transparency and Accountability Act requires approval by Congress and any state with a proposed national monument before the President can formally designate a monument. The legislation
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Idaho/Canadian lumber trade in focus

Apr 26th, 2017 | By
Tom Edwards poses for a portrait with his chain saw and logging clothes, Thursday, Dec. 19, 2013 in the woods near Spanaway, Wash. Edwards was not cutting trees the day the photo was taken, and work has been slow this season for him. Despite working as a logger all his life, he is pessimistic about his chances of ever retiring, an opinion common among blue-collar baby boomers in the U.S. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

By Journal Staff and AP Reports A mere 850 meters  separates Idaho towns from Canadian ones. When it comes to trade, the state and the country are even closer. Canada is Idaho’s no. 1 customer. Total Canada–Idaho goods trade is $1.9 billion in 2016. Before sunrise Tuesday in Washington, President Donald Trump went on Twitter
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Idaho Supreme Court finds errors in grocery tax lawsuit

Apr 26th, 2017 | By
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Idaho Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter speaks to reporters about the upcoming 2016 legislative session at the State Capitol building on Thursday in Boise. The new session begins Monday.

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The Idaho Supreme Court has found several errors in a lawsuit filed by 30 lawmakers challenging Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter’s veto on a bill that would have repealed the state’s sales tax on groceries. According to Wednesday’s order, Idaho Secretary of State Lawerence Denney didn’t receive the lawsuit at the same
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Lawmakers urge Idaho Supreme Court to reconsider veto ruling

Apr 22nd, 2017 | By
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Idaho Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter speaks to reporters about the upcoming 2016 legislative session at the State Capitol building on Thursday in Boise. The new session begins Monday.

By Kimberlee Kruesi /Associated Press BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A group of 30 lawmakers, including some legislative leaders, is urging the Idaho Supreme Court to overturn a nearly 40-year-old ruling on when the governor can veto a bill. According to the lawsuit filed Wednesday, lawmakers contend that Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter violated the Idaho Constitution
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Idaho’s rainy day funds bouncing back after Great Recession

Apr 20th, 2017 | By
A bicyclist rides in front of the Idaho Capitol in Boise, Idaho, on Sunday, June 29, 2014. (AP Photo/Rachel La Corte)

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho’s rainy day funds have made a modest recovery after being drained during the Great Recession, but they still fall short of the financial cushion the state had built up before the economic crisis. Idaho’s reserves peaked at record levels of more than $400 million in 2006, just before the recession.
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Idaho employers to pay the cost of political infighting

Apr 3rd, 2017 | By
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By Kimberlee Kruesi/Associated Press BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho employers will pay millions of dollars more than necessary in unemployment insurance taxes after a bill that was supposed to lower those costs failed on the final day of the 2017 session. Officials from the Idaho Department of Labor and Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter’s office had
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GOP lawmakers to launch Idaho Freedom Caucus

Mar 28th, 2017 | By

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Two Republican lawmakers say they are starting a new legislative caucus made up of Idaho’s most conservative House members. GOP Reps. Mike Kingsley of Lewiston and Bryan Zollinger of Idaho Falls announced Monday that they are launching the Idaho Freedom Caucus. The group is based loosely on a similar group in
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Trump takes aim at Obama’s efforts to curb global warming

Mar 28th, 2017 | By
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By Matthew Daly and Jill Colvin/ Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Moving forward with a campaign pledge to unravel former President Barack Obama’s sweeping plan to curb global warming, President Donald Trump will sign an executive order Tuesday that will suspend, rescind or flag for review more than a half-dozen measures in an effort to
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Gov. Otter vetoes 2 state employee benefit bills

Mar 28th, 2017 | By
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Idaho Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter speaks to reporters about the upcoming 2016 legislative session at the State Capitol building on Thursday in Boise. The new session begins Monday.

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter has vetoed his first pieces of legislation of sent to him by the Legislature. On Friday, Otter nixed a proposal requiring the state to offer state employee health insurance plans that utilize health savings accounts, or HSAs. Otter criticized the bill for having too many complications, arguing
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Idaho lawmakers introduce new health care plan

Mar 20th, 2017 | By
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BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho House legislative leaders have introduced a last-minute health care plan to provide basic services the state’s neediest population. The plan has three main features. First, it would launch a new program for uninsured Idahoans or for those Medicaid to receive to receive coordinated care services. Second, hospitals would be directed
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