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Twin Falls Times News (Newspaper) - March 28, 2015, Twin Falls, Idaho House expected to vote on tax shift roads Money Nathan Brown Brown magic Valley. Com Boise a three tax and transportation Bills that together form the Republican leadership so go Home Agenda will Likely come to a vote in the House of representatives Early next week. Assuming they pass they would then go to the Senate where Senate president pro tem Brent Hill a Rexburg says they will go through the committee process. House speaker Scott Bedker Oakley said the House May vote on tuesday. He said the Senate has been patient in waiting for the i Louse to act and he expects some further Back and Forth before a final Deal is reached. A i have no illusion that the Bills we Send from the i Louse will come Back like we sent them a he said. On Friday morning the House Revenue and taxation committee voted along party lines to Send on a Bill to raise Scott Bedke the Gas tax by 7 cents a gallon get rid of the sales tax on food and put people paying a 6.1, 7.1 or 7.4 percent income tax now in a Flat 6.7 percent bracket. The House transportation committee cleared two other Bills thursday one to raise $20 million a year by hiking registration fees one to move $26 million to roads from other funds. There is a third Bill to exempt Road materials from taxation moving that Money from state and local general funds to highways that has passed the i Louse and a Senate committee but has been held for almost a month. The education budget is largely settled. The legislature still needs to vote on it but the budget committee passed it Friday morning. This leaves transportation and tax Reform a the two other priorities legislative leaders said they had at the beginning of the session to be done before adjournment. Bedke said please be vote a5 Hill More online read the Idaho Center for fiscal policy and the Idaho Freedom foundation analyses of the tax proposal attached to this Story at magic . Committee boosts Idaho schools budget by 7.4 percent Kimberlee Kruesi associated press Boise a legislative budget writers Are Matching gov. . A a Butch otters request to restore Public education Money slashed during the economic downturn by adding roughly $101 million to the Idaho schools budget. The joint finance appropriations committee approved increasing the schools budget by 7.4 percent on Friday. The proposal now needs to survive both Chambers but the legislation is expected to pass. Hie proposal includes allotting $33.5 million to boost teacher pay part of a five year teacher pay increase plan lawmakers approved earlier this week. This Means beginning teacher pay will go up from $31,750 a year to $32,700 a year. The committee also approved giving $16.1 million in teacher bonuses. A this has been a Long work in process and it shows a said rep. Maxine Bellr Jerome co chair of the powerful budget committee. Budget writers have been holding off from finalizing the schools budget a compiling roughly 50 percent of the state s general funds for two weeks waiting on the rest of the Idaho legislature to finalize the expansive teacher pay Bill. Idaho lawmakers sliced education funding in 2009 during the economic downturn right after the legislature passed one of the highest education budgets in the states history. Lawmakers have since promised to return education rep. Maxine Bell funding to previous Levels but have been wan of adding too much too soon. The slow rebuild of the states education budget has sparked criticism from the Legislatures few democratic members Over the years. For example two democratic budget committee members unsuccessfully attempted to pitch a 9.3 percent schools please see schools. A5 House passes Federal lands compact Bill Nathan Brown Brown magic Boise a to v. I. Its w to to joining other Western states in a compact to take control of Federal lands. A House Bill passed Friday is worded identically to one i hah passed last year setting up the framework for How such an interstate compact would operate. Arizona is working on a similar Bill. Idaho a Bill now goes to the Senate. The vote was 45-23, with some republicans including reps. Maxine Bellr Jerome and Clark Kauffman a Filer joining the democrats in opposition. Rep. Lynn Luker , said he worried about giving up control to the other members of the compact. A a we re giving up sovereignty in the name of sovereignty a he said. Rep. Pete Nielsen a Mountain Home said he supports increasing state control of federally owned lands having seen a the heavy hand of the Bureau of land management and the Forest service affecting the people in my District by reducing the amount of grazing allowed. A ladies and gentlemen we be got to do something to i orral tins outfit and Start moving in the right direction Quot he said. A it his compact May have some weaknesses in it but i ask you where do we Start a House minority Leader John rus Che a Lewiston said the Bill represents Quot a fairly quixotic Effort to take control of lands the state gave up claims to in the state Constitution. A i done to think its Good for our state i done to think its Good for our budget and i done to think its in accordance with our the Bill sprang from recommendations of an interim legislative committee studying lands issues since 2013. Sponsor rep. Terry Westrin a Donnelly said it would take an act of Congress to create a compact which he said is a a huge Mountain to lands a ii you do one thing Earth hour Telescope Clewing Mil be held 8 30-9 30 p m in the Centennial Observatory at Herrett Center Tor arts and science twin Phi is free. Summer and fall semester registration with a career Counselor or Psi advisor today Call 733 9554 or visit w 11h s Clin a ply now for financial at fatso de gov visit for More information orca 732 6273 is College of Southern Idaho Success begins Garden Center manager Derek Ruhter wraps Trees tot easy transport on Friday at Webb land scope in i win. Dpi Jinns finally in the ail colourful leaves and blooms ate seen Friday on a crab Apple tree at Webb landscape in twin Falls Rychel Matthews meat Thmas magic Valley. Coni twin Falls. With purple thumbs Are its inc to get their hands i

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