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Will healthcare workers who decline the vaccine be eligible for unemployment?

By Melissa Davlin, Idaho Reports Protests continue in the lead-up to vaccination deadlines set by St. Luke’s, St. Alphonsus, and Primary Health, but if nothing changes between now and September, will employees who are fired for not getting the COVID-19 vaccine be eligible for unemployment benefits?  It depends, but it will likely be an uphill battle for claimants, said JohnContinue reading “Will healthcare workers who decline the vaccine be eligible for unemployment?”

What to expect in the Giddings ethics hearing

by Logan Finney, Idaho Reports The House is at recess and the Senate is adjourned sine die, but that doesn’t mean lawmakers get a summer break.  The Ethics and House Policy Committee will meet Monday, August 2, to review two complaints accusing Rep. Priscilla Giddings, R-White Bird, of conduct unbecoming a Representative and detrimental to the House as a body. Continue reading “What to expect in the Giddings ethics hearing”

Oh, we’re back to this again: Test positivity climbs to 8 percent for first time since January

By Melissa Davlin, Idaho Reports Idaho recorded 439 new COVID-19 cases on Thursday, the highest one-day total logged since March, and is nearing 200,000 total cases over the course of the pandemic.  The state’s positivity rate has climbed to 8 percent for the first time since January, and the number of confirmed cases with the Delta variant is now atContinue reading “Oh, we’re back to this again: Test positivity climbs to 8 percent for first time since January”

Idaho receiving $5.6 billion through ARPA. Now the hard work begins.

By Melissa Davlin, Idaho Reports Idaho is anticipating $5.65 billion in direct payments, grants, and fiscal relief from the American Rescue Plan Act, signed into law in March. Figuring out how to spend that money is shaping up to be a complex task, as lawmakers heard during the first meeting of the Interim Committee on Expenditure of ARPA Funds onContinue reading “Idaho receiving $5.6 billion through ARPA. Now the hard work begins.”

Price of wildfire expected to burn across government budgets

By Ruth Brown, Idaho Reports As wildfires across the state burn forests and property, budgeting for the suppression of the often human-caused blaze gets complicated.  Wildfire suppression takes into account which agency the burning property belongs to in Idaho. Those potential owners include the Idaho Department of Lands, the U.S. Bureau of Land Management, the Bureau of Indian Affairs, theContinue reading “Price of wildfire expected to burn across government budgets”

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