Career Technical Education in Idaho

Career Technical Education in Idaho
February 28, 2019

The Senate voted unanimously this week to approve Senate Bill 1105 (SB1105), which provides career technical education opportunities for middle school and high school students. Sixty percent of all new jobs require post-secondary training; however, many students believe that a four-year college degree is the only path to these jobs. The reality is that many…

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Foster Care Awareness Day

Foster Care Awareness Day
February 28, 2019

This Thursday, service providers from around the state gathered at the Capitol rotunda in support of Foster Care Awareness Day. Hosted by Idaho Voices for Children, Family Advocates, and Casey Family Programs, lawmakers met for a legislative breakfast to discuss important issues related to foster care. Later that morning, Governor Little presented a Proclamation for…

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JFAC: Background and History

JFAC: Background and History
February 20, 2019

JFAC was created in 1967 when the Legislature merged the House Appropriations and Senate Finance Committees. It is unique in state governments; to the best of my knowledge, it is the only one of its kind in the 50 states. The two committees, each consisting of nine members and a chairman, meet every morning at…

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Suicide Prevention Advocacy Day

Suicide Prevention Advocacy Day
February 14, 2019

This week, Legislators met with members of the Idaho Suicide Prevention Coalition. This coalition provides a statewide resource for public and private supporters of suicide prevention, training, and education. The Idaho Suicide Prevention Hotline is an invaluable tool in the prevention of suicides in our state. The hotline, available to all Idahoans, provides crisis intervention,…

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Tax Code Changes

Tax Code Changes
February 14, 2019

In 2018 both the Federal and Idaho Income Tax Codes were amended to make major changes to the standard deduction and certain exemptions. While the changes impacted the entire year, the Idaho withholding tables were not implemented until mid-year. This resulted in a twofold problem. First, personal exemptions were eliminated; instead the amounts were built…

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Lincoln Day at the Capitol

Lincoln Day at the Capitol
February 14, 2019

In both the House and Senate this week, Idaho Legislators commemorated the life of Abraham Lincoln. As our 16th President of the United States of America, each year the Legislature honors him for his critical role in preserving our nation as well as creating the Idaho Territory. In the Senate Chambers, orchestra students from Nampa…

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Idaho Women in Leadership at the Capitol

Idaho Women in Leadership at the Capitol
February 14, 2019

On Tuesday, the Idaho Women in Leadership (I-WIL) held their annual “Day at the Capitol”. The women learned more about the political process, met with their respective Legislators, and discussed current legislative issues and topics important to them. The “Day at the Capitol” included the opportunity to visit House and Senate committee hearings, attend the…

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Legislative week at Idaho Farm Bureau

Legislative week at Idaho Farm Bureau
February 14, 2019

The Idaho Farm Bureau met with Legislators this week about the economic progress and well-being of the agricultural industry in Idaho. Established in 1935, the Farm Bureau is an independent farm organization with influence at the local, county, state, national, and international levels. The Farm Bureau is a grassroots policy development organization dedicated to strengthening…

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