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One-time money helps for … well, one period of time. Then what? Two Republican lawmakers point to the state taking one-time money and federal funds as short term fixes that can come back to haunt the state in subsequent years. House Appropriations Committee Vice Chairman Darrell Bolz, R-Caldwell, said while the Legislature should be aiming for 3- and 4-percent increases…

If the young Butch Otter could talk to the older Gov. Butch Otter, he might ask him why he feels the need to sign a bill regulating massage therapy when in the mid-1970s, for example, he advocated for the deregulation of veterinarians. Otter served in the Idaho House of Representatives from 1973 through 1978. Absent from elective politics for eight…

In a report from the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), Idaho’s economic outlook continues to look good, ranked sixth in the nation. ALEC, based in Washington, D.C., describes itself as a “nonpartisan individual membership organization of state legislators which favors federalism and conservative public policy solutions.” Idaho’s economic outlook has improved since the first year the report was published. In…

Founded in 1974 with a merger of the Idaho State Chambers and the Associated Industries of Idaho, the Idaho Association of the Commerce and Industry (IACI) is generally regarded as the most influential and involved business lobbying organization in the state. It counts nearly 300 businesses as part of its organization. Now headed by Alex LaBeau, the group was once…

It’s been a busy time for Gov. Butch Otter since the 2012 legislative session concluded going through legislation deciding whether to sign it into law. Since the session ended, Otter has signed 62 bills into law. Jon Hanian, Otter’s press secretary, said the governor has received 342 pieces of legislation. Here’s a brief look at some of the bills he…