Articles by Bob Nonini

Senator Nonini Appointed to Idaho’s Higher Education Task Force

The following is excerpted from the Idaho.gov website on February 1, 2017.

Membership Announced for Higher Ed, Workforce Development Task Forces

(BOISE) – Governor C.L. “Butch” Otter announced the full membership rolls today for two new task forces created to study and recommend how best to address Idaho’s “K-through-Career” education and job training needs beyond high school.

The Governor’s 36-member Higher Education Task Force and 17-member Workforce Development Task Force both have scheduled organizational meetings in Boise on Friday, February 10th to begin their work. They are patterned on the Governor’s successful Task Force for Improving Education, which submitted 20 recommendations for K-12 public school reforms. The State now is in the third year of a five-year plan for implementing those recommendations targeting teacher pay, preparation and professional development, local school accountability, post-secondary counseling, classroom technology and student performance. [Read more…]

Greater local management is right solution for Idaho’s public lands

The following article was originally published in The Coeur d’Alene Press on November 18, 2015, by Idaho State Senator Bob Nonini (R-Coeur d’Alene). It has been republished here with express permission from The Coeur d’Alene Press.

Idaho is blessed with incredible natural resources that should sustain our communities and grow Idaho’s economy. However, misguided policies coming out of Washington, D.C., created by individuals who don’t understand our Idaho values, threaten the use of these resources.

We need a leader who defends Idaho’s natural resources and those who make a living off the land.

Brad Little has been working on public lands issues his entire life. A third generation Idaho rancher and farmer from Gem County, he first cut his teeth on the Sagebrush Rebellion in the late 1970s.

Brad has a record of standing up to the federal government. [Read more…]

Funding for vet home pursued

The following article was originally published in The Coeur d’Alene Press on March 1, 2016, by Brian Walker, Staff Writer. It has been republished here with express permission from The Coeur d’Alene Press.

POST FALLS — Proponents of a future state veterans home in Post Falls are marching forward in their quest to secure funding for the facility.

Sen. Bob Nonini, R-Coeur d’Alene, said it may be about seven years before the facility is built, unless an appropriations bill before Congress that increases the amount dedicated toward such facilities from $100 million to $200 million is approved.

If the bill is approved, the timeline could be cut to three to four years, Nonini said. [Read more…]

STEM Action Center creation likely

I am pleased that the STEM Action Center has passed both Chambers – this will be a terrific asset and tool for the students of Idaho.

The following article was originally published in The Coeur d’Alene Press on May 4, 2014, by Brian Walker. It has been republished here with express permission from The Coeur d’Alene Press.

Many spokes have formed around Idaho’s STEM education in recent years, and a hub for those spokes is coming through the Idaho Legislature.

The Joint Finance-Appropriations Committee on Thursday agreed to appropriate $650,000 in the first year toward the creation of a STEM Action Center.

“It will be exciting to get this off the ground,” said Sen. Bob Nonini, R-Coeur d’Alene, who sponsored the bill with Rep. Reed DeMordaunt, R-Eagle. “Idaho has a lot of good things going on with STEM and this center, under the direction of the Governor’s Office, will give those a high-visibility hub for coordination and professional development.”

JFAC decided to appropriate around $200,000 per year after the first toward the action center. [Read more…]

Weekly Legislative Update (March 23-27)

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CAREER LADDER – THE TEACHER-PAY BILL

The Senate voted 34 to 0 to approve HB 296 requiring significant increases in teacher pay over the next five years.  Sponsored by Senator Mortimer, this bill establishes a funding model for teacher pay based on a new compensation system for both residency and professional development compensation.  Many Senators voiced support for this legislation in that it provides an accountability system for raises, providing that teachers meet performance requirements.  In addition, teachers would be eligible for payments for additional educational degrees.  Although there has been much debate on whether the state can afford this legislation, many agreed that invest­ing in Idaho’s education professionals benefits Idaho’s economy and students in the long-run. [Read more…]