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Idaho lawmakers will send a resolution to members of Congress asking them to balance the national budget and pay down the federal deficit.  The Idaho Senate approve the resolution Thursday, following House approval on March 4.  The resolution also calls for English to be the only language for governmental activity, encourages the use of the word “God” in public discourse,…

The Senate State Affairs Committee Wednesday approved a resolution urging the federal government to balance the budget and erase the multi-trillion dollar national debt. “We are at a critical time in our country,” said Rep. Rich Jarvis, R-Meridian, who is backing the resolution that passed the House on March 4.   “The path that we are on is unsustainable.”  Jarvis’ resolution…

Idaho Gov. Butch Otter and Attorney General Lawrence Wasden said their lawsuit against the federal government concerning recently approved federal health care legislation should ultimately be decided by the U.S. Supreme Court.  Otter said Idaho should win the lawsuit, which could kill the mandate on Idahoans to buy health insurance that would go into effect in 2013. Idaho is joining…

A spokesman for Idaho Attorney General Lawrence Wasden says the state’s top lawyer will start reviewing the new federal health care legislation after it is signed by President Barack Obama. “Until it’s signed, it could change,” said Bob Cooper, Wasden’s press secretary.  “You don’t know what’s in it, so there’s really nothing you can do until you have a final…

An Idaho House panel rejected a plan to look into collecting sales tax on Internet purchases. Idaho loses an estimated $30 million dollars a year in tax revenues on Internet sales, according to a University of Tennessee study. If Idaho joined a multi-state agreement that’s tackling the issue, the state would need to simplify and change some parts of the…

Idaho's congressional delegation and Gov. Butch Otter sent a letter Monday to U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar, saying they will work to make sure that the sage grouse isn't added to the endangered list.  The letter to Salazar says that state efforts, including conservation agreements with with ranchers and other groups, should protect the bird that the U.S.…

The Idaho Legislature will send a memorial to Congress condemning proposed legislation to create a cap-and-trade system for some emissions and pollutants.  The Senate approved the memorial Friday on a voice vote.  The memorial passed the House on Feb. 23. The U.S. House of Representatives approved a cap-and-trade bill in June 2009.  Supporters say the system of limiting overall emissions…

Idaho Gov. Butch Otter wants to change the U.S. Constitution. He’s not the only one. So does the governor of Wyoming, plus some Idaho lawmakers. In a letter dated Feb. 12, 2010, addressed to Rep. Eric Anderson, R-Priest Lake, Otter asks that Anderson consider proposing a resolution in support of distinct changes to the 10th Amendment in the Bill of…

The Idaho Senate approved increasing the pay for members of the Idaho Redistricting Commission, but the overall cost to the state would decrease. Under a proposal from Senate President Pro Tem Bob Geddes, R-Soda Springs, the six commissioners who will start redrawing legislative districts next June would get $75 a day in wages and expenses, up from $50 in 2001.…

Gov. Butch Otter offered an editorial Friday morning touting his efforts at reforming health care and criticizing federal health care legislation.  Read Otter's editorial below. IDAHO IS NOT WAITING FOR FEDERAL HEALTHCARE “REFORM” By Governor C.L. “Butch” Otter It seems like Washington, D.C., is tilting at political windmills these days. The Obama administration and Congress are still promising to slay…