BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Five of Idaho's universities and community colleges say they've spent more than $1.5 million for additional security since lawmakers approved a law allowing concealed guns on campus. The Idaho Statesman reports the schools sought $1.55 million this winter plus another $2.17 million for the rest of the budget year to help with expenses. But Boise State University, Idaho State University, the University of Idaho, the College of Western Idaho and North Idaho College will likely have to absorb the costs. Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter didn't include the money in budget planning and state lawmakers are not likely to add the money.
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — State officials say Idaho's agricultural exports have more than doubled in the last seven years. Celia Gould, director of the state agriculture department, told budget-setting lawmakers yesterday that Idaho's agriculture exports reached $2.6 billion dollars in 2013. The information is according to data released Friday. She also says that farm income is at a record high, and debt to asset ratios are at record lows.
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho lawmakers on a House committee have advanced to the full House a bill that will give the public greater access to oil and natural gas production records and that more closely follows national standards. The House Resources and Conservation Committee also yesterday approved a technical though significant bill that will give the Idaho Oil and Gas Conservation Commission a clearer path to regulating a common pool of oil or natural gas to avoid waste of the resource.
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Officials with the newly formed board designed to control the growth of Idaho wolf populations are asking lawmakers to maintain its current level of funding. However, it's unlikely the board will spend all its money this fiscal year. Idaho Wolf Depredation Control Board Member Carl Rey told legislative budget-writers yesterday that the board has spent about a third of its $400,000 budget in the first half of fiscal year 2015. During that time, 31 wolves were killed, all of them for livestock depredation.