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Some members of the Idaho Legislature’s budget committee aren’t enthused about Gov. Butch Otter’s 2017 budget, which calls for large amounts of new spending. Otter’s budget blueprint hikes state 2017 general fund spending by more than 8.5 percent, which exceeds his office’s projected 4.9 percent revenue growth. In raw dollars, Otter wants more than $200 million in new spending,with more…

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The Idaho State Police wants unmarked police cars for highway patrol duty to combat aggressive drivers and will have a chance to state their case starting in the Idaho Senate. Members of the Senate’s Judiciary and Rules Committee voted Wednesday to introduce the proposal, allowing it to proceed to a full hearing. ISP Lt. Col. Kedrick Wills told senators his…

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Members of the Idaho House voted 52-17 to ban cities and counties from regulating plastic bags, as other cities across the country have done. The bill, sponsored by Rep. Clark Kauffman, R-Filer, now heads to the Idaho Senate for consideration. Kauffman told colleagues his proposal would prevent patchwork regulation across Idaho and would give consumers consistent shopping expectations. “I’d say…

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The Idaho Attorney General’s office cleared Madison County Sheriff Roy Klinger and his staff of any wrongdoing after a Rexburg man filed a complaint about how the sheriff’s office spent concealed weapons license fees. In a Jan. 22 letter to Rexburg resident Dan Roberts, Deputy Attorney General Paul R. Panther said, though Klinger and company did spend concealed weapons money…

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A bill to cut taxes for Idahoans who earn more than $7,200 each year cleared the House Revenue and Taxation Committee Monday, and even earned the support of one Democrat. Rep. Dan Rudolph, D-Lewiston, broke ranks with his fellow Democrats to support the plan, which would cut income taxes by $22 million. The plan, written by House Majority Leader Mike…

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Hundreds of kids rallied on the Idaho Capitol steps this week to show lawmakers there’s significant support for educational choice in the state. Activists behind the scenes say legislators have a huge opportunity this year to advance the issue in the Legislature. Briana LeClaire, leader of the Idaho Federation of Independent Schools, told IdahoReporter.com Wednesday that legislators should pass a…