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Gov. Little: Climate change is real, must be reversed

Idaho’s collaborative efforts with federal agencies, conservation groups, industries and residents have put Idaho out front in tackling tough environmental problems involving forests, rangelands, water uses and other issues, Gov. Brad Little said Wednesday. The 64-year-old Republican sworn into office ...

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Legislative committee cuts Little’s budget figure (access required)

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Citing concerns about a possible recession, the Economic Outlook and Revenue Assessment Committee (EORAC) voted along party lines on lower budget numbers than those proposed by Gov. Brad Little, meaning the budget he proposed will need to be cut by ...

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Idaho officials want to cap hundreds of artesian wells

Lawmakers have advanced legislation to help state officials cap what are thought to be hundreds of artesian wells across southern Idaho in a plan that could help irrigators and a federally protected snail. The Senate Resources and Environment Committee on ...

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Kuna updates comp plan, asks for comments (access required)

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Kuna has released a draft copy of its comprehensive plan update, available for public comment through Jan. 25. “There is a strong focus on economic development and a healthy community that includes open space, parks, pathways, recreation and entertainment opportunities,” ...

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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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