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Gov. Little seeks 3 percent merit raises for Idaho employees

Idaho Gov. Brad Little is recommending a 3 percent merit-based pay increase for state employees in his proposed budget. The Idaho Press reports state worker pay has lagged behind both the public and private markets. Little’s recommendation echoes the Idaho Division of ...

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Lawmakers can tap state experts to get grip on Idaho budget

Information is power, and Idaho lawmakers could have more of it this year with a new emphasis on sending non-partisan budget experts to House and Senate committees to explain the numbers in the financial requests of the state agencies they ...

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No recession predicted for next year, Legislative committee hears (access required)

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Despite the volatile stock market and fears of a recession, industry representatives told the Idaho Legislature’s Economic Outlook and Revenue Assessment Committee (EORAC) that jobs and revenue outlook for their respective sectors was good, though the rate of growth might ...

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Idaho commission denies sale of Avista to Canadian company

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Avista Corp.’s proposed sale to Hydro One Ltd. of Toronto has been denied by the Idaho Public Utilities Commission. The Spokesman-Review says Thursday’s action follows similar action last month by Washington regulators, who also denied the sale of the Spokane-based ...

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Business cheers Little’s first State of the State (access required)

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Business leaders praised Gov. Brad Little’s first State of the State speech, specifically calling out improvements to education, Medicaid expansion and reducing government regulations. “Gov. Little’s State of the State Address was a home run for Idaho’s business community,” said ...

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Governor-elect commits to Medicaid expansion

Gov.-elect Brad Little said Thursday he’s committed to implementing a voter-approved expansion of Medicaid coverage but has concerns on the specifics of how it’s done. “We will implement it in an Idaho manner,” Little said at The Associated Press Legislative ...

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Forest Service taking comments on Idaho open-pit mine plan

The U.S. Forest Service is taking comments and holding a public meeting on proposed exploratory drilling for an open-pit molybdenum mine being considered in Boise National Forest in Idaho. The meeting comes two years after a federal judge rejected a ...

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