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Idaho closes budget year with $94M more than projected

Jul 18th, 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 officials say the state has closed out the budget year with tax revenue exceeding forecasts by nearly $94 million. Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter on Friday praised the state’s disciplined fiscal policies for the budget surplus. For fiscal year 2017 — which ended June 30 — the state took in almost
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Idaho governor to lead Paris trade mission

Jun 13th, 2017 | By
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BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter says he will lead 11 aviation and aerospace companies on a trade mission to Paris. Otter announced Friday that he will be traveling to the International Paris Air Show next week. Along with representatives from the state’s aerospace industry, the Republican governor will be joined by
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Idaho businessman promises to cut budget if elected governor

Jun 13th, 2017 | By
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By Kimberlee Kruesi /Associated Press BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Political newcomer Tommy Ahlquist says he’ll cut $100 million from the state budget within his first 100 days in office if he wins the Idaho gubernatorial seat in 2018. The promise is just one of the Republican Boise businessman’s goals he has for the top executive
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Lt. Gov. Brad Little served as acting governor 373 times

Jun 5th, 2017 | By
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By Kimberlee Kruesi/Associated Press BOISE, Idaho (AP) — If Lt. Gov. Brad Little wins his bid to be Idaho’s next governor in 2018, he will be the only candidate to already have hands-on experience with the job. The two-term Republican has served as acting governor 373 times since taking over the second-in-command position in 2009,
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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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