The 2nd Regular Session of the Idaho Legislature is up and running. There has been a great deal of activity here at the Capitol in Boise.
The session kicked off with Governor Otter’s “State of the State” speech given to a joint session of the House and Senate. In this speech, Governor Otter presented his spending priorities for the session.
You can access Governor Otter’s full Budget address by clicking here [ http://dfm.idaho.gov/fy2017/Index2017.html ]
It is clear from the Governor’s address, as well as the general feeling among legislators, that Education Funding will be the number one priority this year. Betsy Russell in her “Eye on Boise” article outlined additional suggested funding items that were discussed. Here is that story:
Eye on Boise
Gov. Butch Otter gives his State of the State address to a joint session of the Idaho Legislature on Monday, Jan. 11, 2016 (AP / Otto Kitsinger)
*MONDAY, JAN. 11, 2016, 12:39 P.M.*
*By Betsy Z. Russell*
*Eye On Boise *
*Otter concludes address, lawmakers applaud; link to budget docs*
Gov. Butch Otter has concluded his State of the State message to a joint session of the Legislature; as he shook hands with Supreme Court justices on his way off the dais, he joked “Get me outta here!”
Otter’s address touched on an array of themes, but was dominated by education, which both he and lawmakers have made clear will be the top priority for this year’s legislative session.
Read the complete story by clicking here [ http://www.spokesman.com/blogs/boise/2016/jan/11/otter-concludes-address-lawmakers-applaud/ ].
JFAC, the Joint Finance and Appropriations Committee, has been conducting hearings each day regarding state agency budget requests. I will work to keep you updated on this hearing process. During the first few weeks of the session, JFAC has reviewed budget requests from the following:
The Department of Health & Welfare
Mental Health Service
Health Care Policy Initiatives
Substance Abuse Services
Licensing and Certification
Developmentally Disabled Services
Child Welfare Services
Catastrophic Health Care
Public Health Districts
Division of Veterans Services
Commission on Hispanic Affairs
Please feel free to share your ideas and input on these issues by emailing, calling or visiting me at the Capitol Building or in Idaho Falls as I try to travel home to be there on Saturday.
Rep. Jeff Thompson
Buy Idaho 2016
Rep. Jeff Thompson visits with a vendor during ‘Buy Idaho Day’ at the Capitol.
WEDNESDAY, JAN. 20, 2016, 9:54 A.M.
Eye on Boise by Betsy Russell
*‘Buy Idaho’ show fills rotunda with Idaho businesses, displays, freebies*
Today’s annual “Buy Idaho” show has brought dozens of Idaho businesses to the state Capitol, where they’re offering displays, information, free samples and more on the first, second and third floors of the Capitol rotunda. The show is free and open to the public and runs all day.
Click Here [ http://www.spokesman.com/blogs/boise/2016/jan/20/buy-idaho-show-fills-rotunda-idaho-businesses-displays-freebies/ ] for the complete story.
Below is a list of some of the issues the Idaho Legislature will address during this session:
The State Budget
Job Creation Incentives
Rep. Jeff Thompson
* Environment, Energy, & Technology – Chair
* Revenue & Taxation
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