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Senate confirms Trump pick to head Medicare and Medicaid

Mar 13th, 2017 | By
Seema Verma

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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Idaho bill seeks to block lawmaker emails from public view

Mar 2nd, 2017 | By
A bicyclist rides in front of the Idaho Capitol in Boise, Idaho, on Sunday, June 29, 2014. (AP Photo/Rachel La Corte)

By Kimberlee Kruesi/Associated Press BOISE, Idaho (AP) — All emails, texts and other communications between members of the Idaho Legislature would be considered private and blocked from public disclosure under a proposal introduced Wednesday. The measure would create a massive change to the Idaho Public Records Act by shielding most of the communications Idaho lawmakers
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Bill telling women abortion can be halted introduced

Mar 2nd, 2017 | By

By Kimberlee Kruesi/Associated Press BOISE, Idaho (AP) — An Idaho Senate panel introduced legislation on Wednesday requiring the state to distribute information telling women that a drug-induced abortion may be halted halfway through, despite physicians warning there’s not enough science backing up that claim. Sen. Lori Den Hartog, a Republican from Meridian, says the goal
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Idaho House kills FBI background check bill

Mar 2nd, 2017 | By
Pocatello's FBI facility will be home to Virginia-based cyber security and data company Buchanan & Edwards starting in October. (Doug Lindley/Idaho State Journal)

By Betsy Z. Russell BOISE — The Idaho House on Monday killed legislation allowing FBI background checks on certain state employees. The bill’s sponsor warned that the state could lose millions of dollars the state Department of Labor relies on to pay federal unemployment benefits. Rep. Heather Scott, R-Blanchard, decried the bill as “federal bullying,”
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Idaho House OKs bill banning profiling of motorcyclists

Mar 2nd, 2017 | By
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By Shelbie Harris A new bill prohibiting law enforcement from profiling motorcycle riders passed the Idaho House of Representatives unanimously on Monday and will now head to the Senate for consideration. Rep. John McCrostie, D-Boise, spoke in favor of the bill, which prevents officers from pulling over people riding a motorcycle or wearing motorcycle paraphernalia
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Apple, IBM, Microsoft back transgender teen at Supreme Court

Mar 2nd, 2017 | By
Apple Mac

WASHINGTON (AP) — Apple, IBM and Microsoft are among 53 companies urging the Supreme Court to rule that a transgender teenager has the right to use the boys’ bathroom at his Virginia high school. The businesses signed onto a brief filed Thursday in high school senior Gavin Grimm’s lawsuit against the Gloucester (GLAH’-stur) County school
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The bump isn’t just Trump: What’s driving the stock rally

Mar 2nd, 2017 | By
Specialist Robert Tuccillo, left, works traders on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, Friday, March 20, 2015. Stocks are moving higher in early trading as investors respond to some surprisingly strong earnings from U.S. companies. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

By Stan Choe/AP Business Writer NEW YORK (AP) — The stock market is hitting new heights, and yes, excitement about President Trump’s policies is part of the reason for it. But it’s not the only one, analysts say. Even if Donald Trump had lost the election, many professional investors and analysts say they still would
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Idaho lawmakers debate health budgets, but not coverage gap

Feb 7th, 2017 | By
A bicyclist rides in front of the Idaho Capitol in Boise, Idaho, on Sunday, June 29, 2014. (AP Photo/Rachel La Corte)

By Betsy Z. Russell/Spokesman Review Staff Writer BOISE – Idaho lawmakers have just finished a full week of hearings on health and human services budgets, and while major changes and initiatives are underway in some areas, there was little talk about how to close the state’s health coverage gap. A joint legislative working group that
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Study: Here’s the cost for lower income, corporate tax rates

Jan 30th, 2017 | By
Provided by the Idaho Center for Fiscal Policy.

Press Release BOISE – The Idaho Center for Fiscal Policy released a report examining the impacts of proposed House Bill 67 and the current budget context. The proposal would cut top income tax and corporate tax rates and includes an elimination of the income tax on the first, small portion of a household’s income. The legislation
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