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A tale of Idaho two cities might force state legislators to clarify a ban on local governments enacting their own minimum wage laws. The House Business Committee introduced a bill Tuesday to affirm that the Legislature alone holds the power to set the state’s minimum wage. Only committee Democrats voted against the bill. The plan came to the Legislature after…

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The Idaho State Police might abandon the Dodge Charger as its vehicle of choice if the Idaho Legislature approves the agency’s request for unmarked patrol cars. ISP Public Information Officer Teresa Baker told IdahoReporter.com Monday of its flexibility. “We don’t have any definite plans for what type of vehicle we will utilize for unmarked cars as it will depend on…

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The two leaders of the of the House budget-writing committee coordinated to send a message to their colleagues last week. House Appropriations Chair Maxine Bell, R-Jerome, told IdahoReporter.com Monday she and the panel’s vice chair, Rep. Marc Gibbs, R-Grace, voted against a $28 million tax cut bill in protest. “It was about what we know we have to do,” Bell…

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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…