Demonstrators are expected at the Statehouse on Monday, March 14, where they'll urge lawmakers to unshackle the Gem State's $7.25 per hour minimum wage from the federal level, but lawmakers have passed House Bill 463, which preempts cities and counties from setting their own minimum wage levels. HB 463 now awaits a signature from Governor C.L. "Butch" Otter.
"The devastation caused by the Clearwater Complex Fires has caused untold hardships and loss for individuals and families in north central Idaho," wrote Otter in a statement released by his office Wednesday. "We are using all available resources to ensure that lives and infrastructure are protected."
In all, public schools, including Idaho State University, the Idaho School for the Deaf and Blind, the University of Idaho and Lewis-Clark State College will see a $3.966 million increase in funds from the Land Board in fiscal year 2017—a 12.1 percent increase over fiscal year 2016—for a total of $36.7248 million.
"Although the State may not agree with the message certain groups seek to convey about Idaho's agricultural production facilities, such as releasing secretly-recorded videos of animal abuse to the Internet and calling for boycotts, it cannot deny such groups equal protection of the laws in their exercise of their right to free speech."
The letter that Otter penned in November 2013 was to ENA to assure them that he had directed his Department of Administration, then managed by Teresa Luna (sister of the school superintendent) to pay for the broadband program through the next fiscal year in lieu of withheld federal payments, according to the Associated Press.
"We talked to numerous house members who lived there, who knew him, and they didn't have anything suspicious to add. I just caution people, don't speculate too soon. This could be a medical condition for all we know."
"We're pleased to see a new era on the horizon for Idahoans with developmental disabilities. Hopefully this settlement will bolster the voice of these Idahoans, while also permanently protecting their constitutional rights."