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The April tax revenue shortfall numbers likely won’t lead to spending holdbacks in the next year or a special legislative session, according to one of the lead budget writers in the Idaho Legislature.  Sen. Dean Cameron, R-Rupert, said the early report showing April revenues are $55.5 million below the projections of Idaho state economist Mike Ferguson are a sigh of…

Several Idaho lawmakers say they aren’t shocked by the 126 layoffs and nine office closures planned at the Department of Health and Welfare (DHW), with some saying similar action at other state agencies could be coming. Sen. Dean Cameron, R-Rupert, said he’s not surprised by the closures.  “You hate to see people laid off and you hate to see offices…

Preliminary reports for Idaho income and sales tax revenue for March suggest that the state may exceed its forecasted collections.  That would reverse the trend of revenues coming in below projections that’s persisted for several months and ease concerns about the state budget.  Final March tax revenue numbers won’t be available until the end of this month, but two lawmakers…

Gov. Butch Otter, a day after legislators dropped the final gavel on the 2010 legislative session, praised the work of lawmakers during a press conference in his ceremonially office Tuesday. Otter told members of the the press that legislators did their best with what they had to work with in a down economy.  Later during the conference, Otter was joined…

After 78 legislative days, the 2010 Idaho Legislature has closed its doors for good barring a return for a special session due to possible budget issues.  Both houses of the Legislature adjourned around 9 p.m. Monday MT, with the Senate going first, followed by the House. Though it was closing time for lawmakers, legislation was being rushed through in an…

The Idaho Senate continued a back-and-forth with the House of Representatives Monday by approving a House ban on texting while driving that includes some changes.  The Senate amendments are reminiscent of an earlier Senate plan that stalled in the House. The House version of the texting ban, which imposed infractions of $50 or $100 for texting behind the bill, was…

The Idaho Senate Monday approved a plan to balance the current and next state budgets by transferring close to $140 million out of several state reserve funds.  Emptying those reserves is a key part in balancing the budget without raising taxes, and could provide a safety net in case tax revenues continue to be below expectations. Sen. Dean Cameron, R-Rupert,…

The Idaho Senate Monday approved legislation that would tell Congress to amend the U.S. Constitution to outlaw portions of the recently approved federal health care legislation.  The joint memorial Idaho lawmakers could send to Congress would prevent the federal government from requiring U.S. citizens to buy health insurance or fine them for not having health care coverage.  The memorial in…

The Idaho Senate Thursday approved legislation Thursday that would allow the Idaho Public Employees Association (IPEA) to offer awards to public employees that would include gifts of up to $500.  The legislation requires changes to the state corruption and bribery statute to allow the non-profit IPEA to give the awards.  Read IdahoReporter.com’s first story on the legislation here. The Senate…

Gov. Butch Otter could call lawmakers back to Boise if state tax revenues continue to lag, but his budget chief says that won’t be the first course of action. Wayne Hammon, the director of the Department of Financial Management, said the governor approved the contingency plan lawmakers established if tax revenues remain below expectations.  “We’re confident that the language approved…