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Federal pipeline standards backed by top energy regulator after Colonial Pipeline hack

BY: - January 19, 2022

New federal powers are needed to prevent major energy disruptions like the cyberattack on the Colonial Pipeline that left the East Coast short of gas at the pumps for days, the chairman of the federal commission overseeing energy and some U.S. House Democrats said Wednesday. A House Energy and Commerce subcommittee discussed a proposal by […]

Profane exchange between Republicans follows rejection of parental rights bill

BY: and - January 19, 2022

Originally posted on on January 19, 2022 Senate Republican leadership met Wednesday morning to discuss a pair of profane Statehouse exchanges Tuesday afternoon, involving GOP state superintendent’s candidate Branden Durst and GOP state Sen. Jim Woodward. The exchange came moments after the Senate Education Committee rejected a parental rights bill proposed by Durst and […]

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Idaho legislators grill McGeachin over supplemental budget request for legal fees 

BY: - January 19, 2022

Legislative budget writers from both major political parties grilled Idaho Lt. Gov. Janice McGeachin on Wednesday over her supplemental budget request to cover her outside legal fees from a court case she lost after failing to release public records. The showdown occurred near the end of the Joint Finance-Appropriations Committee’s slate of budget hearings on […]

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Our Idaho legislators should take a budgeting lesson from struggling families

BY: - January 19, 2022

Even before they blew into Boise for the 2022 legislative session, Idaho legislators were rhapsodizing about the gigantic tax cuts they were going to bestow upon their voters – $350 million, $400 million, $600 million. The sky’s the limit in an election year. There is certainly enough surplus revenue in state coffers to sweeten the […]

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Forest Service in ‘paradigm shift’ to use logging, controlled burns to prevent wildfires

BY: - January 18, 2022

The Biden administration will use $3 billion from last year’s infrastructure law to revamp the federal approach to wildfire management, introducing a 10-year plan to deal with the large swaths of the West scientists consider most at risk of destructive blazes. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, a former Iowa governor, announced the new strategy in Phoenix, […]

$600 million income tax proposal heads to the Idaho House floor

BY: - January 18, 2022

The Idaho Legislature’s House Revenue and Taxation Committee advanced the largest tax cut in Idaho history on Tuesday, moving a $600 million proposal to provide tax rebates and reduce income rates to the House floor.  If signed into law, House Bill 436 would provide $350 million in income tax rebates to Idaho income taxpayers this […]

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‘There’s got to be a better solution’: Idaho’s county clerks lament 2021 property tax bill

BY: - January 18, 2022

Calculating levy rates for property taxes each year has never been an easy job for county clerk offices across Idaho. It’s a complex budgeting process that takes many different factors into account and requires weeks of collaboration with taxing districts across one county. But this year, after the implementation of House Bill 389, some clerks […]

Rep. McCrostie introduces bill to ‘add the words’ to Idaho Civil Rights Act

BY: - January 17, 2022

A Democratic legislator from Boise introduced a bill Monday morning that is designed to amend Idaho’s Civil Rights Act to “add the words” that would prohibit discimination against a person based on sexual orientation or gender identity.  Rep. John McCrostie, D-Garden City, introduced House Bill 440 as a personal bill during Monday’s floor session of […]

Ybarra makes her budget pitch — and discusses pandemic learning loss

BY: and - January 17, 2022

Originally posted on on January 17, 2022 Idaho’s schools will be trying to recover from pandemic-related learning loss for years, state superintendent Sherri Ybarra said Monday, and the early data is mixed. “The impacts of the pandemic were less severe than we thought they might be, but we did see some declines in some […]

Struggling with filing Idaho income taxes? These webinars could help.

BY: - January 17, 2022

The Idaho State Tax Commission and federal Taxpayer Advocate Service will host two free webinars with tips for filing income taxes, according to a press release. The “Tips for Filing Income Taxes” webinars will be held virtually on Jan. 19 and Feb. 17. The class will include information on new tax credits, what income is […]

Death row inmate Gerald Pizzuto and his attorneys

Cash buys, private flights, changing rules: How Idaho hides from execution oversight

BY: - January 16, 2022

Editor’s note: This Idaho Statesman story was produced in collaboration with the Idaho Capital Sun and benefited from public records grant funding through The Gumshoe Group investigative journalism initiative. Last June, two days after a condemned man outlived his scheduled execution date, he made a macabre appeal to the agents tasked with guiding him to […]

Idaho Supreme Court hears oral arguments over redistricting challenges 

BY: - January 14, 2022

Idaho Supreme Court justices spent more than two hours Friday afternoon hearing oral arguments from four challenges to the state’s new redistricting plan.  Some of the central questions in the case came down to how — and how often — to divide the state’s 44 counties into 35 legislative districts as close to equal size as possible.  […]