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The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) is expecting to collect $180,000 in fees for vehicle emissions testing in Canyon County, which is expected to start June 1.  That money would go to help run the program, which will require about 20 vans to run the emissions test.  Each vehicle could see a fee of up to $20 for a…

Idaho lawmakers voted down a request for upgrades to unstable computer programs for the Public Employment Retiree System of Idaho (PERSI). The decision Tuesday to reject the request comes after the Idaho House voted Feb. 18 to block a 1 percent benefit increase to 33,000 retired state workers using PERSI. The Senate didn’t act on the plan, and the benefit…

Idaho lawmakers crafting the next state budget are taking a little more time putting together part of the spending plan for higher education. The Joint Finance-Appropriations Committee (JFAC) voted Tuesday to delay setting the budget for the $10 million special programs for higher education until Monday. The main budget for state colleges and universities is being pushed back from Thursday…

Budget writers in the Idaho Legislature set the spending for several small department budgets Monday morning. The state education budget, which takes up the majority of general fund spending, was delayed for two days, but lawmakers on the Joint Finance-Appropriations Committee (JFAC) finished plans for the Idaho Millennium Fund and several other health and wellness related departments.  All of the…

Idaho lawmakers are taking two additional days to look over the next public schools budget, which is likely to see a 7.5 percent reduction. It would be the first decrease in state school funding in Idaho history. The Joint Finance-Appropriations Committeee was scheduled to set the schools budget Monday, but it has been delayed until Wednesday so that all state…

Sen. Dean Cameron, R-Rupert, sent the details of the latest draft of the next public schools budget to all Idaho lawmakers, education leaders, and members of the media Friday afternoon.  He called the early release of the details, including a 7.5 percent reduction to schools, unprecedented.  Cameron is one of the leaders of the Joint Finance-Appropriations Committee, which writes the…

The latest draft of the next Idaho public schools budget shows a $128 million reduction from the current school year to the next. That’s a 7.5 percent reduction from the current $1.7 billion mix of state, dedicated, and federal spending. Local property taxes also contribute more than $200 million to schools, but that amount varies among school districts. “This is…

Legislative budget writers appear not be to following through with the phase out of state funding for several agencies that Gov. Butch Otter called for in January. The Joint Finance-Appropriations Committee ignored the budget item eliminating funding for the Idaho Commission on Hispanic Affairs on Friday. The commission will still see a $12,000 reduction in state funding in the next…

The Joint Finance-Appropriations Committee (JFAC) will need to find $59 million in reductions to balance the next general fund budget, which begins in July. JFAC is scheduled to finish its budget work on March 12. Larger reductions should come when JFAC sets the budgets of larger spending areas, like public education and health and human services. Lawmakers did find another…

The budget for Idaho courts approved by lawmakers Tuesday shows a $3.1 million reduction, but that could go away if lawmakers approve a $25 fee for all offenders found guilty.  The reduction is $408,000 beyond the recommendations from the governor.  The judicial branch’s funding from the general fund would drop $2.5 million, based on decisions from the Joint Finance-Appropriations Committee…