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Democrats’ budget relies on largest tax increase in state history to continue failed budget policies In what Republican Reps. Joel Kretz and Shelly Short called an “unconscionable move,” majority Democrats in...

March 6, 2010

  The House of Representatives Friday night passed a supplemental operating budget to close the $2.7 billion spending gap by a vote of 55-43. Representatives Bruce Chandler and David Taylor voted...

March 6, 2010

‘We haven’t learned from the past at all.  Washington will continue to have budget shortfalls in the coming years because of the lack of action taken in this budget,’ says Haler...

March 6, 2010

20th District lawmakers sponsor bill to help free up more money for local schools and public safety Legislation aimed at easing the burden of unfunded mandates hampering school districts and local...

March 5, 2010

Measure originally intended to expedite water applications now requires more fees with no guaranteed progress   Water rights applicants who’ve waited for years for permit approval will have to pony up...

March 5, 2010

After a lot of back and forth with state agencies and stakeholders, House Bill 2603, sponsored by Rep. Norma Smith, passed the Senate and will have only one more hurdle before...

March 5, 2010

The House of Representatives passed a bill adding more costs to those who apply for water rights with the state. Rep. Norma Smith, R-Clinton, voted against the bill due to an...

March 5, 2010

  The House of Representatives today passed a bill placing further costs on those who apply for water rights with the state. Rep. Bruce Chandler, R-Granger, voted against the bill due...

March 5, 2010

“Welcome to Idaho!” That’s the sign Idaho’s Gov. Butch Otter expects more Washingtonians will see if Democrats in Olympia pass, and Gov. Chris Gregoire signs into law, the largest tax increase...

March 3, 2010

Dear editor, Several days ago, a letter appeared in the Union-Bulletin from a constituent concerned about House Bill 2962. She believed the measure would allow the government to automatically take tax...

March 2, 2010