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Lake: Legislature can fix its special pension perk

June 30, 2015 Dustin Hurst

Former Rep. Dennis Lake, R-Blackfoot, says lawmakers need to end a special pension perk. A former Idaho House chairman believes state lawmakers have the authority to end a perk that allows them to boost their taxpayer-backed pensions by as much as 800 percent. Former Rep. Dennis…

Opinion: Lawmakers, governor boost cost of driving come July 1

June 26, 2015 Wayne Hoffman

House Republicans, allied with some Democrats, supported a $95 million tax hike. Idaho’s gas tax increase starts July 1. Higher vehicle registration fees--$21 more for personal vehicles and $25 for commercial vehicles—also begins with the new month. So does the cacophony of legislators claiming that…

Otter: Triple-digit pension payoffs ‘very miniscule’

June 24, 2015 Dustin Hurst

Gov. Butch Otter discussed politician pension payoffs on the radio Tuesday. Idaho Gov. Butch Otter believes huge pension boosts legislators receive after they take high-paying state jobs is essentially a non-issue. Otter, speaking to radio hosts on 670 KBOI in Boise Tuesday morning, said he wants…

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