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Legislative leaders announced Tuesday at a lunch with reporters that lawmakers would not seek to establish a state-based health exchange to comply with federal regulations, but that doesn’t necessarily mean the issue is quite dead for the year. On a 14-3 party-line vote Wednesday, the House Business Committee approved a nonbinding resolution to ask Idaho insurance carriers to begin their…

Last year, citing slumping revenues due to a down economy and expressing a desire to make Idaho’s budget more sustainable, lawmakers passed a $35 million cut to the Medicaid program. With an improved economic forecast and some feedback on cuts now available, Rep. Janice McGeachin, R-Idaho Falls, who pushed the reduction bill last year, is backing legislation to reverse some…

After allegations were lobbed by the Idaho Freedom Foundation (IFF) about the motivation for a bill effectively banning youth tanning in the Gem State, the House Health and Welfare Committee decided to take a second look at the measure Tuesday. On the House floor last week, House Health and Welfare Committee chair Janice McGeachin, R-Idaho Falls, asked that lawmakers send…

Idaho’s largest budget item is set for fiscal year 2013. After more tense debate in the Joint Finance-Appropriations Committee (JFAC) Monday, the panel set an overall $1.566 billion budget for Idaho’s public education system. That represents a total spending hike of .4 percent, though the state money in the plan would jump 4.6 percent. The JFAC-approved budget calls for $1.28…

Traditional unemployment numbers published the last few months show that unemployment in Idaho is trending downward. That’s according to the normal U-3 numbers the federal and state government use. U-3 is total unemployment as a percent of the civilian labor force. Then there are the U-6 figures, which include total unemployed, those who are underemployed, and those who are part-time…