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Why the immigration bills will die

There are plenty of reasons why Idaho is not going to follow states like Arizona and Oklahoma and turn state and county prosecutors into enforcers of immigration law. I disagree with my co-blogger Mike Tomlin, who claims that lawmakers are ...

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Idaho House passes resolution on airport debt (access required)

The House gave its support to another constitutional amendment that would restore public airports’ authority to go into debt without a vote of the people provided that they use no taxpayer money to repay bonds. Lawmakers voted 57-12 on Feb. ...

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Committee balances 2010 budget with $188M in cuts, funding shifts (access required)

The Idaho Legislature’s budget-writing committee voted to approve an additional $188.7 million in cuts for the current fiscal year but used $140.6 million from reserves and other one-time sources to make up some of the difference. The Joint Finance-Appropriations Committee ...

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Tax me, please

I don’t do all that much shopping online these days, but when I do, I’m happy to see a company tack on a separate line on my bill for sales taxes. That might sound strange, but when I see that, ...

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Bill to give ITD ‘design-build’ authority revived (access required)

A House committee has voted to print a bill that would give the Idaho Transportation Department power to hire contractors through a “design-build” bidding process, allowing administrators to forego a “lowest bidder” approach if it might save time and money. ...

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Bill that would restrict cities’ use of local improvement districts stumbles (access required)

A bill that would restrict Idaho cities’ powers to create special taxing districts to pay for infrastructure – an effort to target Boise’s proposed streetcar project – has been tripped up in a House committee. Mayors and councilmen from across ...

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House bills seek to restore debt powers

An Idaho House committee has agreed to consider three bills that would clarify the right of hospitals, airports and municipal power companies to go into long-term debt if they repay what they owe with user fees or revenue from their ...

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