Bill using $50 million for workforce housing fund passes Senate

By Ruth Brown, Idaho Reports After barely making it out of the House, the Senate passed a workforce housing bill on Tuesday in a 26-9 vote. HB 701 passed the House of Representatives in a 37-31 vote earlier this month. The bill would use $50 million in American Rescue Plan Act federal relief money forContinue reading “Bill using $50 million for workforce housing fund passes Senate”

Idaho publicly challenges fuel export tax proposed in Washington 

By Ruth Brown, Idaho Reports The Idaho House of Representatives passed a memorial Tuesday morning opposing a proposed tax on fuel exported from Washington state. Last week, the Washington Senate passed a bill that would add a tax of six cents per gallon of refined fuel exported out of state. The legislation passed the SenateContinue reading “Idaho publicly challenges fuel export tax proposed in Washington “

Bill to change discriminatory housing covenants passes Senate

By Ruth Brown, Idaho Reports In a 32-0 vote Tuesday, the Idaho Senate passed a bill that would allow homeowners to change any outdated racially-discriminatory covenants in their deeds. Sen. Melissa Wintrow, D-Boise, pitched SB1240 after learning of people living in her district whose homes still have outdated racial covenants.  The outdated covenants are aContinue reading “Bill to change discriminatory housing covenants passes Senate”