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Idaho Weekly Briefing – September 10

This is a summary of a few items in the Idaho Weekly Briefing for September 10. Interested in subscribing? Send us a note at stapilus@ridenbaugh.com.

Education was a keynote last week, as the state considered funding formulas, the Boise School District held its election, the College of Idaho got an honor and another college in Canyon County saw a ribbon cutting, College of Western Idaho propose big new levy, and planners at Idaho Falls public schools try to figure out how now to handle increasing student population growth there.

Senator Mike Crapo on September 6 questioned Judge Brett Kavanaugh during the Senate Judiciary Committee’s second round of questioning as part of its week-long hearing to consider Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court of the United States.

In Robert Martin et al v. City of Boise, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals on September said that the city of Boise violated the federal eighth amendment to the constitution – banning cruel and unusual punishment – with its rule banning outdoor sleeping away fr homeless shelters even when no other shelter was available.

College of Western Idaho’s Board of Trustees voted unanimously, on September 4, to place a $39 million plant facility levy on the general election ballot this November.

Several hundred people gathered on the Idaho State University-Meridian campus Sept. 5 to tour the new Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine and listen to remarks from educators, community leaders and founders of the state’s first medical school.

Senators James Risch and Mike Crapo joined with Senate colleagues Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, Cory Booker, D-N.J., Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., Richard Durbin, D-Ill., Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I., and Chris Coons, D-Del., to introduce bipartisan legislation to boost nuclear energy innovation and ensure advanced reactors can provide clean, safe, affordable, and reliable power to meet national and global energy needs.

Hunters can look forward to a good fall season in 2018, with similar elk and white-tailed deer populations as last year and likely more mule deer in many areas.

Rocky Mountain Power is asking the Idaho Public Utilities Commission to determine that approximately $8.5 million of the company’s investments in energy efficiency and conservation programs in 2016-17 were prudently incurred and benefited customers.

IMAGE Aerial view of the Cllege of Idaho at Caldwell’ the college was named top college in Idaho in the Wall Street Journal’s 2018 rankings. (photo/College of Idaho)
 

Idaho Weekly Briefing – August 6

This is a summary of a few items in the Idaho Weekly Briefing for August 6. Interested in subscribing? Send us a note at stapilus@ridenbaugh.com.

With the arrival of August, preliminaries begin in the fall general election campaign season. An early activity was a debate between the candidates for superintendents of public instruction; more faceoffs are expected soon. Menwhile, smoke gathered over the skies of southern Idaho as one wildfire after another popped up.

New projections from the Idaho Department of Labor forecast that the state will add just over 105,000 jobs by 2026, bringing total statewide employment to approximately 841,000. In 2016, statewide employment was 735,000. This new projection indicates expected growth of 14.4 percent for the 10-year period from 2016 to 2026, for an annual growth rate of 1.4 percent.

Senator Jim Risch, who sits on the Senate Intelligence Committee, the lead senate committee investigating Russia’s attempted interference in our 2016 elections, on August 1 participated in a hearing on foreign influence in our election process through social media.

The U.S. Department of Energy has announced 22 new Energy Frontier Research Centers, including one that will be led by Idaho National Laboratory. This is the second time INL has won the opportunity to lead an EFRC.

The Idaho Department of Insurance has posted on its website, proposed health insurance premium rates and the requested increases for plans sold starting January 2019.

The state superintendent’s race kicked off Thursday as Republican incumbent Sherri Ybarra and Democratic challenger Cindy Wilson squared off in front of hundreds of educators in Boise.

Attorney General Lawrence Wasden has released the latest annual report from his office’s Consumer Protection Division. The summary represents a detailed look at the division’s work between July 1, 2017, and June 30, 2018.

Close the Gap Idaho, a health care network of over 300 organizations and individuals statewide, has released a health care questionnaire for candidates for elected office in Idaho. The questionnaire covers a multitude of subjects, ranging from Medicaid, the benefits of health care coverage and gaps in Idaho’s behavioral health care system. The questionnaire is being distributed to the media, organizations hosting candidate forums and the public.

IMAGE Giant propellers stand above a farm field west of Burley, generating increasingly substantial amounts of electric power in the region. (photo/Randy Stapilus)