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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
Otto Kitsinger/Associated Press
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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Billionaire Gates meets with Trump to talk foreign aid

Mar 20th, 2017 | By
Privately funded research utilizing government owned facilities validates the important role national laboratories have in advancing innovation. Bill Gates, American business magnate and chair of the nuclear reactor startup company TerraPower, LLC, and his staff toured the Materials and Fuels Complex at Idaho National Laboratory.

By Josh Boak/AP Economics Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — Tech billionaire Bill Gates is meeting with President Donald Trump to discuss progress in programs for global health and development as well as domestic education. Gates, who as the co-founder of Microsoft is the world’s wealthiest man, will highlight the “indispensable role that the United States has
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Senate confirms Trump pick to head Medicare and Medicaid

Mar 13th, 2017 | By
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By Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar/Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump’s pick to run Medicare and Medicaid won confirmation Monday from a divided Senate as lawmakers braced for another epic battle over the government’s role in health care and society’s responsibility toward the vulnerable. Indiana health care consultant Seema Verma, a protégé of Vice President Mike
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Idaho’s Workforce Development Task Force to Meet March 3

Mar 2nd, 2017 | By

Idaho Department of Labor News Release Presentations from Idaho associations and state agencies will comprise the majority of the Governor’s Workforce Development Task Force meeting March 3. It runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the West Conference Room on the first floor of the J.R. Williams Building, 700 W. State St. in Boise.
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