House passes tax cut and rebate bill

by Logan Finney, Idaho Reports  The Idaho House of Representatives approved this year’s headliner tax proposal on Thursday, voting 57-13 to pass the bill and send it to the Senate. House Bill 436 would lower individual and corporate income tax rates and issue one-time rebate checks for full-time residents, similar to last year’s income taxContinue reading “House passes tax cut and rebate bill”

Idaho Department of Correction hopes to build new women’s prison

By Ruth Brown, Idaho Reports  For the first time in more than a decade, with the support of the governor, the Idaho Department of Correction is asking lawmakers for funding to build a new prison. On Tuesday, IDOC Director Josh Tewalt pitched his $333 million budget request to the Joint Finance Appropriation Committee, outlining someContinue reading “Idaho Department of Correction hopes to build new women’s prison”

Little gives brief glimpse at 2022 priorities at Wednesday speech

by Melissa Davlin, Idaho Reports During brief remarks at the Associated Taxpayers of Idaho annual conference on Wednesday, Gov. Brad Little hinted at his priorities for the upcoming 2022 legislative session. “This upcoming session, I will reveal my plans on how to give back to the people of Idaho yet another record budget surplus —Continue reading “Little gives brief glimpse at 2022 priorities at Wednesday speech”

Budget committee shoots down federal overreach fund

by Logan Finney, Idaho Reports  The joint budget committee shot down a new legal fund for the legislature Monday afternoon, voting 12-6 against the proposal.  The bill from Rep. Sage Dixon, R-Ponderay, would have created a Federal Overreach Legal Defense Fund for the legislature’s legal expenses in defending the state from overreach by the federalContinue reading “Budget committee shoots down federal overreach fund”

ISP will request funding more troopers for capitol after increased threats

By Ruth Brown, Idaho Reports The Idaho State Police will ask the Legislature to provide funding for additional police to protect the Capitol complex and state-owned buildings. The additional request for fiscal year 2023, costing roughly $2.6 million, comes from ISP to pay for 12 full-time permanent positions in the capitol protective services unit. TheContinue reading “ISP will request funding more troopers for capitol after increased threats”

Draft bill would dramatically redirect online sales tax

by Logan Finney, Idaho Reports Property taxes are a perennial discussion at the Idaho statehouse, and this year is no exception. An interim legislative committee drew headlines last week for a proposal to phase out supplemental levies, which voters pass to raise their property taxes and fund local school districts. The proposal would not createContinue reading “Draft bill would dramatically redirect online sales tax”

Burning through money: Historic wildfire season could bring historic price tag

By Ruth Brown and Melissa Davlin, Idaho Reports A massive wildfire season will cost the state tens of millions of dollars, and the state agency in charge of land management is telling policy makers to prepare for more fire-filled summers in coming years. On Wednesday, Idaho Department of Lands Director Dustin Miller spoke to theContinue reading “Burning through money: Historic wildfire season could bring historic price tag”

Idaho’s spent just 1% of federal ARPA relief funds

By Ruth Brown, Idaho Reports During the second day of the Joint Finance-Appropriations Committee’s interim meeting Wednesday, legislators listened to a breakdown of how much federal money the state has spent, and what’s still in the bank.  Alex Adams, of the Division of Financial Management, provided an update on the use of the American RescueContinue reading “Idaho’s spent just 1% of federal ARPA relief funds”

Idaho state budgeting committee meets, surplus nears $1 billion

By Ruth Brown, Idaho Reports The Idaho Legislature’s Joint Finance-Appropriations Committee met Tuesday to review budget requests from multiple state agencies.  The Legislative Services Office outlined a variety of supplemental appropriation requests the committee will need to approve. A supplemental appropriation is a request for more taxpayer funding to pay for an expense that’s incurredContinue reading “Idaho state budgeting committee meets, surplus nears $1 billion”

Gov. Little allocates another $10 million to medical facilities for COVID relief

By Ruth Brown, Idaho Reports Idaho Gov. Brad Little announced the allocation of another $10 million to provide relief from the growing strain on hospitals and health care workers. Idaho has been in statewide crisis care standards since Sept. 16 and coronavirus patients continue to flood hospitals. Crisis care standards are implemented when there areContinue reading “Gov. Little allocates another $10 million to medical facilities for COVID relief”