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The Land Board, a five-member panel charged with managing the state's endowment lands, has approved an investing practice that lead some to believe the government is hurting private businesses. At a December meeting, the board, consisting of Gov. Butch Otter, Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Luna, Controller Donna Jones, Attorney General Lawrence Wasden and Secretary of State Ben Ysursa, unanimously approved…

Two state lawmakers are still hoping they can put the Idaho Land Board out of business for good. Reps. Grant Burgoyne, D-Boise, and John Vander Woude, R-Nampa, says they will again pitch a bill next year to prevent the Land Board, a five-member panel charged with managing state endowment assets, from buying commercial businesses. The duo's first attempt, 2011's House…

The Idaho Department of Lands, working in accordance with the Land Board, is looking for a construction manager to oversee the building of a restaurant and brewery in downtown Boise, the Boise Guardian reported Sunday. Dave Frazier, the man behind the Guardian, wondered in his article if the state is getting into the restaurant business. “Not satisfied with the controversial ownership…

Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Luna is on record with IdahoReporter.com, through his communication director, that he wants the Idaho Land Board to explore selling a commercial storage facility in Boise. To make that happen, he would need the support of two more of the board’s members.  Though Gov. Butch Otter now calls the purchase a “mistake,” after he initially…

Should state government be in the business of competing with private business? That question is part of on an ongoing debate about the Idaho Land Board and its role in making money for Idaho schools and other budget items.  The board, consisting for Gov. Butch Otter, Attorney General Lawrence Wasden, Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Luna, Secretary of State Ben…

Idaho budget writers Wednesday approved letting a state agency spend money from the federal government for the planning stages of part of the federal health care reform. The Idaho Department of Insurance has a $2.5 million federal grant for planning a health insurance exchange, a government-run system that would help businesses and individuals compare and buy insurance plans. On Wednesday,…

It took less than 10 minutes, but the Idaho Board of Canvassers - comprised of the secretary of state, state controller, and state treasurer – Wednesday made official returns from the Nov. 2 general election. Now that results are complete, Secretary of State Ben Ysursa believes one race in Boise's District 18 will be subject to a recount. Ysursa, along…

The state is looking to broadcast loud and clear its dealing in commercial properties with an aim to muster support for a new era of investment. On Tuesday, the state Land Board, chaired by Gov. Butch Otter, approved an $85,000 public relations plan calling for plaques proclaiming Idaho's ownership to be stuck on state-owned commercial properties, including office and retail…

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