Executions should not be made even less transparent

A bill sitting in the Senate Judiciary & Rules committee is referred to by the shortcut, “Executions, confidentiality,” but Senate Bill 1005 is confusing confidentiality with a lack of transparency and accountability. Regardless of whether you support the death penalty on principle, intentionally ending a human life is inarguably one of the most serious decisions a government will ever make. Attempting to conceal the details of such a grave decision and process is something we would expect to see under an old-school, totalitarian dictatorship, not a modern government ostensibly by and for the people. There are three concerning components to
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Medicaid expansion is immoral, Gov. Kasich

Republican Gov. John Kasich of Ohio recently came to Boise to promote a balanced budget amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Noting that the federal government is $18 trillion in debt, Kasich properly warns this financial liability is a millstone around the necks of our children. “If this continues, we’re going to see our children have to do things that are not right – have to pay bills for the way we’re living today,” the governor said at a press conference. At the end of his remarks, our news unit, IdahoReporter.com, asked Kasich about the contradiction in his support for Medicaid
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Poll: Idahoans oppose Medicaid expansion, won’t support legislators who do

A new poll finds Idahoans are decidedly opposed to Obamacare’s Medicaid expansion in Idaho, and that almost two-thirds of voters would be less likely to re-elect a legislator who supports Medicaid expansion. The poll was commissioned by the Foundation for Government Accountability and the Idaho Freedom  Foundation. The survey found that, when first asked about Medicaid expansion, 46 percent of voters say they’re opposed to Medicaid expansion, 39 percent are supportive and the rest are undecided. “Idahoans don’t want Medicaid expansion. They don’t want more Obamacare and they don’t want to enact another program that competes for precious taxpayer resources,”
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The Netflix tax: A tax hike for the digital age

State lawmakers like to talk about how they’re opposed to higher taxes; now they have an opportunity to put their money where their mouths are. All they have to do is reject a questionable regulation that has Idahoans unnecessarily paying sales tax for streaming video services like Netflix. If lawmakers don’t act, they’re potentially exposing Idaho residents to even more taxes on video and audio subscription services that are a product of the digital age. Here’s how this works: Everyone in Idaho is supposed to pay sales tax on tangible personal property, which is defined under state law as items
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A small win for taxpayers

Deep in the Idaho Capitol, a group of Republican senators took a stand for taxpayers, applying additional scrutiny to a rule change that forces a tax on Netflix customers. To be sure, it was a small win. But it was important. Let me explain. House Bill 598 serves as the progenitor of this tax hike. That bill, authored and passed last year, tried to straighten out the state tax code’s stance on digital services in the ever-evolving tech economy. The bill’s fiscal note suggested the measure would reduce state revenues by up to $5 million. In other words, it cut
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