Several pieces of the plaza are still being prepped for full operation, however, including the Main Street Station multi-modal transit center, which is set to begin bus service the morning of Monday, Oct. 24.
"This is a responsible Idaho solution. This is a plan for assist those Idahoans with incomes under 100 percent of the federal poverty level but are not eligible for Medicaid, an employer-sponsored health plan or coverage through the Affordable Care Act."
During his State of the State address launching the 2016 legislative session, Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter proposed what he called a "Primary Care Access Program," which would only earmark some state funds for a limited number of health care services. The plan has since been dubbed "Ottercare."
One of the new federal stipulations for the program requires participating physicians to store the drug in a safe in their medical practice, which would be inspected by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency.
IDHW Director Dick Armstrong told the Joint Finance Appropriations Committee on January 18 that PCAP would require nearly $48 million in state funding over two years with $18 million required in its first fiscal year.
Otter said he supports Superintendent of Public Instruction Sherri Ybarra's request to "fully restore pre-recession levels of operating funds to school districts," and added he was recommending $5 million for more college and career counseling in Idaho high schools.
Scott rallied her constituents to call Otter's office to "instruct him to draft another letter to President Obama with stronger language," and even go so far as to convene a special session of the Idaho Legislature "to draft emergency legislation to address the refugee crises."
The Idaho Legislature decided to repeal the law it created two years ago allowing historic horse racing after the machines greatly resembled slot machines. Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter vetoed the law, but the Idaho Supreme Court ruled on Thursday the law stands.