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Idaho urged to steer clear of Medicaid expansion

By   /  June 21, 2016  /  Health Care, Idaho, News  /  No Comments

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A legislative workgroup has been tasked with finding  solutions for thousands of Idahoans caught in a coverage gap created by the 2010 health care overhaul. Ahead of their meetings, two experts suggest the group focus on employment opportunities and exercise fiscal caution when it makes policy recommendations. The 10-member workgroup, announced by Idaho House and […]

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Idaho citizens panel punts pension payoffs issue back to Legislature

By   /  June 3, 2016  /  Idaho, News, Pensions, State Government  /  No Comments

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A citizens committee tasked with deciding legislator pay and benefits punted this week on finding a fix to a scheme that enriches lawmakers who take full-time state jobs. The six-member panel declined to take direct action, and voted to urge the Legislature to fix the system. The Catch-22: Many in the Legislature want the citizens panel […]

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Idaho finances in good shape, but lawmakers could threaten stability

By   /  June 2, 2016  /  Budget and Spending, Idaho, News, State Budgets, State Government  /  No Comments

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A new report suggests Idaho stands on sound footing financially, but big spending increases by legislators could impair the state’s ability to quickly deal with financial difficulties. According to the Mercatus Center, a think tank at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia, Idaho ranked no. 12 for fiscal health among the 50 states and Puerto […]

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In Idaho, the legislative politics of voting yes on spending

By   /  June 1, 2016  /  Budget and Spending, Idaho, News, State Budgets, State Government  /  No Comments

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  An IdahoReporter.com analysis found that during the 2016 legislative session a good share of Idaho lawmakers voted to approve massive budget increases without individually casting a single dissenting tally. Last session — excluding missed votes — 23 state lawmakers voted 100 percent of the time to approve fiscal 2016 supplemental appropriations as well as […]

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Idaho legislator sought job opportunities from lobbyists, public officials

By   /  April 7, 2016  /  Idaho, News  /  No Comments

Photo: Reina Rodriguez, IdahoReporter.com

“A lead that led to a job that led to a change in voting–that would be a problem.”

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Idaho concealed-carry bill on way to governor

By   /  March 21, 2016  /  Idaho, News  /  No Comments

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Three high-profile Republican House members opposed a bill that would allow permitless concealed-carry throughout Idaho, but the measure passed easily. Despite the opposition from most House Democrats and Reps. Maxine Bell (R-Jerome), Fred Wood (R-Burley) and Rep. Rich Wills (R-Glenns Ferry), the bill cleared the chamber 54-14 on Friday and now moves to Gov. Butch Otter’s […]

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