Regional News for Idaho and the Pacific Northwest

Child tax credit bill heads to Senate

Idaho lawmakers passed one of the biggest tax cuts in years, but a last-minute proposal to tweak it is moving quickly through the legislative process. HB 675 cleared the Senate Local Government & Taxation Committee on a unanimous voice vote Tuesday, March 20. The bill would modify the previously approved tax cut, HB 463, to include more tax relief for families.

March 21, 2018 10:41 a.m. read more..

‘Adult completer scholarship’ bill clears Idaho House

Idaho lawmakers have approved the adult completer scholarship bill. SB 1279 cleared the Idaho House on a narrow 37-32 vote Monday, March 19, with much debate over the merits of its allocation of up to 20 percent of the Idaho Opportunity Scholarship’s funds — which lawmakers increased from $10 million to $13.5 million — for adults going back to finish their degrees. It previously cleared the Senate on a 25-10 vote.

March 21, 2018 6 a.m. read more..

Probert’s effort on public’s part in forest plan revision

For Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests supervisor Cheryl Probert, the ongoing Forest Plan Revision has involved more than 70 meetings, including meetings with a Clearwater Basin Collaborative subcommittee, visits to county commissions and stakeholder meetings – including eight with Friends of the Clearwater, she said Monday, March 12.

March 14, 2018 6 a.m. read more..

Pollock couple held in Oregon on warrants for Hoot’s burglary

Incarcerated in Oregon, a Pollock couple await extradition on pending felony charges related to a burglary in February. Bond is set at $25,000 for Shamra C. Dewitt, 31, and $50,000 for Steeven G. Nunez, 29, both of whom are being held in Baker County, Ore. The pair was arrested March 4 on Idaho County warrants by Baker City Police (BCP).

March 14, 2018 6 a.m. read more..

State GOP candidates stump at Lincoln Day event

“2018 will be the biggest election for Idaho in a generation,” stated Jonathan Parker, new chair for the Idaho Republican Party. He – along with candidates for state and federal offices — addressed around 250 attendees last Friday night, March 9, at the Lincoln Day Dinner. This year’s event, held at the Greencreek Community Hall, was jointly sponsored by the Idaho and Lewis county Republican central committees.

March 14, 2018 6 a.m. read more..

$200 million tax relief approved by Idaho Senate

Passed 26-9 last Thursday, March 1, House Bill 463 – believed to be the largest tax cut in state history – will cut $160 million in lowering the personal and business income tax rates, and an additional $40 million by creating a new non-refundable state $130-per-qualifying-child tax credit. Additionally, it reduces both the personal income tax rate (in all brackets) and the corporate income tax rate by 0.475 percent.

March 7, 2018 6 a.m. read more..

Regional snowpack levels above average

Regional snowpack levels are above average, according to the latest water supply outlook report from the Natural Resources Conservation Service. Currently, the highest snowpacks are in the Clearwater Basin where, collectively, they are 110 percent of normal.

March 7, 2018 6 a.m. read more..

House kills Shepherd bill on nullification of federal laws

After about an hour of debate Monday, Feb. 19, the Idaho House voted to kill House Bill 461, on nullification of federal laws, with a 40-29 vote. The bill, sponsored by Rep. Paul Shepherd, R-Riggins, declared Idaho lawmakers have the power to nullify federal laws and U.S. Supreme Court decisions. “It should be obvious to us over the years there’s been quite a few cases that many of our constituents and us probably don’t think were fully constitutional,” Shepherd said.

February 21, 2018 6 a.m. read more..

Family minimum wage exemption passes Idaho House

The Idaho House passed a bill to exempt minors working for immediate family members from minimum wage laws in a 60-9 vote Tuesday. Current state law offers minimum wage exemptions for minors working on family farms and for 16-year olds working part-time less than four hours a day. HB 466, sponsored by Rep. Ron Nate, R-Rexburg, would expand that to family businesses.

February 14, 2018 12:58 p.m. read more..



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