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Joe Stegner, left, is a familiar face around the Idaho Capitol.

Taxpayers just made it rain for former Republican Sen. Joe Stegner. Stegner, a 13-year Statehouse veteran, just completed 42 months in a high-paying government relations job at the University of Idaho, which unlocks fat pension payments when he eventually calls it quits. On Monday, Steger cleared the 42-month threshold that allows part-time lawmakers to count long terms of service in…

A few weeks ago, Idaho House Speaker Lawerence Denney, R-Midvale, blocked a bill to end legislative pension-spiking by former lawmakers. The bill, brought by Rep. Dennis Lake, R-Blackfoot, would have essentially prevented legislators spiking their taxpayer-funded pensions by taking high-paying state jobs after lengthy careers in the Idaho Capitol. The bill was heard by the House State Affairs Committee early…

As he did during the 2011 legislative session, Rep. Dennis Lake, R-Blackfoot, has brought a bill to end legislative pension-spiking, a practice that costs taxpayers thousands of dollars each year. Lake introduced the bill late in the 2011 session, but it never received a hearing because some lawmakers thought the bill would have unintended consequences. The new version of the…

University of Idaho President Duane Nellis announced Friday that Sen. Joe Stegner, R-Lewiston, will leave the Idaho Senate to become the school's chief lobbyist starting Dec. 1. The position will pay $124,000 annually to Stegner and has the possibility to spike his public pension at least tenfold if he meets certain time requirements. Nellis, in a statement issued by the…

Idaho lawmakers have struggled with how to regulate and reward wind energy and other forms of alternative energy, and on the apparent last day of the session, the Idaho Senate rejected what was billed as a compromise between alternative energy producers and power utilities. The Senate Thursday voted 17-18 on an extension of a tax credit for energy producers set…

The Idaho Senate approved an amended version of an income tax credit backed by Gov. Butch Otter that would give employers a portion of the salaries they pay to new workers hired in the next three years. The legislation passed on a 30-5 vote, with one lawmaker questioning whether the government can spur job creation. “I think this is the…

Gov. Butch Otter's proposed tax credit for creating new jobs made it past a Senate panel that's rejected several other tax credits, though it faces small changes. The Senate Local Government and Taxation Committee agreed to send the proposed tax credit to the amending order to tweak when companies could start claiming the tax bonus for hiring new employees. The…

Idaho lawmakers considered 10 different pieces of reforms to urban renewal agencies this year, but so far just one plan that passed the Senate Tuesday has a chance to become law if signed by the governor and if changes are approved by the House. The legislation puts some additional limits and transparency requirements on urban renewal planning, though some plans…

Lawmakers in the Idaho Capitol are one step closer to heading home after the Senate passed a bill that would reduce state Medicaid spending by $34.6 million in fiscal year 2012. The legislation passed the Senate 27-8.  Sen. Joe Stegner, R-Lewiston, was the only Republican to join with all seven Senate Democrats in voting against the bill. The measure, formally…