As the 2014 legislative session winds down, I want to share some of the issues we dealt with this year. The length of the session was 74 days. That will make it one of the shortest sessions of my five terms over the last 10 years. It was my pleasure to serve and represent you on the Education, Transportation and Agricultural Committees.
The economy continues to grow gradually and our optimism for Idaho’s future grows as well. This has allowed the legislature to restore funding in some areas where cuts were made to accommodate lower revenues during the recession, while not losing sight of the efficiencies found during tough times. This year the state budget is just over $2.9 billion, which is about a 5% increase in spending over last year. Included in that is a 5% increase in spending for K- 12 and just over 6% increase for higher education. It also included a 2% increase in pay for state employees who have not had a pay raise in several years. Of that pay 1% is permanent and 1% is a one-time bonus.
Here are a few additional issues that arose during this session... Read more »
Senator Nonini received this email from a student that he assisted with a letter of recommendation. With Deeban's permission, we are posting it.
April 2, 2014
Dear Senator Bob Nonini,
I am Deeban Ramalingam, a senior at Centennial High School, writing this note to you. I would like to thank you from the bottom of my heart for your kind Letter of Recommendation that has helped me get into the Universities of my dream.The admission results of all the U.S. Universities that I have … Read more
The following article was originally published in The Coeur d'Alene Press on March 15, 2014, by Dave Goins, Press Correspondent. It has been republished here with express permission from The Coeur d'Alene Press.
BOISE - Legislation which would provide nearly $1 million into North Idaho College's budget was introduced Thursday by three North Idaho lawmakers. Its chances for approval, however, remain unclear.
Sen. Bob Nonini, R-Coeur d'Alene, introduced a proposal in the House Revenue … Read more
The following article was originally published in The Coeur d'Alene Press on February 21, 2014, by Dave Goins, Press Correspondent. It has been republished here with express permission from The Coeur d'Alene Press.
BOISE - Sen. Bob Nonini on Wednesday promoted legislation that would enable the owners of 23 historic float homes on Hidden Lake to get low-interest state financing to connect their properties to the park's sewer system. … Read more