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Sen. Jeff Siddoway says no tax cuts in 2015, but Wayne Hoffman suggests a better way.

[post_thumbnail]Sen. Jeff Siddoway debates in favor of personal property tax legislation. The Idaho Senate Tuesday approved legislation to reduce the state’s controversial personal business property tax. The vote was unanimous. House Bill 315, already approved by the House, will allow an exemption from the tax for businesses in the state on the first $100,000 worth of purchases of personal business…

The House Transportation and Defense Committee Tuesday unanimously voted to introduce several legislative proposals that would increase transportation taxes by more than $200 million annually. “There is a shortfall in both maintenance and new construction,” said Sen. Bert Brackett, R-Rogerson, as he spoke about funding for roads and highways in the state. He is proposing several new tax increases that…

The House Revenue and Taxation Committee Tuesday rejected two measures that would have sought to alter the state’s sales tax and income tax policies. Rep. Lance Clow, R-Twin Falls, introduced a legislative proposal before the committee that he feels would streamline the process by which Idaho collects sales taxes, specifically on Internet purchases. Rep. Shirley Ringo, D-Moscow, introduced a proposal…

The Senate has made changes to legislation regarding ballot initiatives and referendums in the state. Senate Bill 1191 passed overwhelmingly, 33-1, Monday without floor debate. The legislation serves as a “trailer” bill to amend Senate Bill 1108, which passed in the Senate earlier this month, and which also passed in the House. Current Idaho law requires that the minimum number…

The Idaho Senate Monday unanimously approved legislation that will allow for the creation of a new, and enhanced, concealed weapons permit in the state. After Sen. Chuck Winder, R-Boise, presented the bill Monday morning before the full Senate, and with no debate over it, the Senate unanimously approved the measure 35-0. “We anticipate reciprocity in about 40 other states,” said…

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[post_thumbnail]Sen. Bart Davis has proposed new rules in regards to audio and video archiving for the Legislature. The Idaho State Senate is preparing to vote on new rules that would establish procedures for the recording of House and Senate sessions. Included in the rules are provisions that allow legislators to forbid the release of legislative recordings as well as the…

Described by one legislator as “one of the worst pieces of legislation” that he has ever seen, nonetheless the Idaho Legislature has passed a bill that will significantly change the ballot initiative and referendum process in the state. “I really think this is one of the worst pieces of legislation I have ever seen,” Rep. Grant Burgoyne, D-Boise, told IdahoReporter.com,…

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[post_thumbnail]Rep. Tom Loertscher testifies in front of the joint meeting of the Senate and House Health and Welfare committees Both lowering Medicaid eligibility requirements and substantially expanding the distribution of Medicaid services in Idaho were among the topics of discussion Friday at the joint meeting of the Senate and the House Health and Welfare committees. The joint committee, according to…

One of America’s foremost authorities on gun ownership rights spoke in Boise Thursday, offering a mixed vision of both trouble and hope for the country, while issuing a warning about Gov. Butch Otter’s state insurance exchange agenda. After the nearly 90-minute luncheon engagement, Pratt spoke with IdahoReporter.com about the state’s choice to implement an insurance exchange in compliance with the…