Politics

McLean proposes budget with dozens of new positions, slightly lower than max allowed property tax hike

Dozens of new staffers and support for those already on staff are major priorities for the City of Boise in the next fiscal year.  During...

Cascade Medical Center bond fails after not reaching a 66% majority

Cascade voters living in the hospital taxing district decided not to pass the bond that would help bring a new medical facility to the...

McLean calls on Boise to innovate in the face of challenges at annual State of the City address

Mayor Lauren McLean painted an optimistic picture of Boise’s future in a challenging time during her annual State of the City Address.  On Wednesday, McLean...

Law to transition Idaho to statewide public defense system will provide some property tax relief, but not much

A new law passed this year means the state will start picking up the tab from local governments to cover the cost of public...

Meridian to hold public hearings regarding new election district maps

The City of Meridian plans to hold two meetings where the public can give feedback on districting maps.  Election districts are redrawn every ten years...

Boise removes geographic requirement for redistricting commissioners, replaces with requirement for diversity

Boise’s redistricting process for the 2023 city council election is getting a last minute shakeup.  Council members heard public testimony and deliberated at length earlier...

Investigation into possible campaign finance violations from Ada homebuilder PAC remains open months later

An investigation into campaign finance violations by a big-spending PAC associated with major Ada County homebuilders remains open five months after a complaint was...

Who will oversee Ada property tax assessments? Four GOP hopefuls vie for Assessor spot, with no Democrats in the race

Most Ada County residents probably don't look forward to their yearly property tax assessment these days. On May 17, four Republicans will be hoping to...

Live in an HOA? The Idaho legislature quietly created a new HOA act: here’s what’s included

The Idaho Legislature quietly revamped the state's laws relating to homeowner's associations this session. The bill passed the House overwhelmingly, with a vote of 63-3,...

Boise City Council approves redistricting plan, but with changes to commissioner boundaries

Boise City Council gave the green light to start creating a redistricting commission to draw district lines for the 2023 election, but with some...

One suit dropped, another started: Legal battle over homeless encampment/protest near Statehouse shifts

A day after the State of Idaho dropped its lawsuit against an encampment of protesters advocating for Idaho’s homeless community, Idaho Legal Aid upped...

McLean, Boise council want reform on commercial property valuations to bring property tax relief to homeowners

Like clockwork, it’s budget season in the City of Boise once again.  On Tuesday, Boise City Council kicked off its annual process to evaluate its...

Dead or alive: How did bills on housing, growth and property taxes fare in the 2022 legislative session?

The legislature is (nearly) finished for the year after a whirlwind three months of testy committee hearings, floor debates and the sound of bills...

Micron pitches congress for US expansion aid, with Boise a candidate: ‘one of the largest semiconductor investments’ in US history

The CEO of Boise-based Micron Technology, as well as Intel, appeared during a hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC to pitch for government...

Gov. Little files suit to remove homeless encampment next to Idaho State Capitol

Governor Brad Little is ready for an encampment of protesters advocating for the homeless to move along.  On Monday, Little and Idaho Attorney General Lawrence...