About Fred Birnbaum

Fred Birnbaum has joined the Idaho Freedom Foundation as vice president and chief operating officer after working 25 years in the packaging industry. Most recently he served as director of business and financial analysis for Packaging Corporation of America (formerly Boise Inc.) and has lived in Boise since 2000. His experience in industry includes roles in finance, operations, project management and factory management. Fred served in the U.S. Army as a communication staff officer and platoon leader and worked briefly on Capitol Hill following his Army career. He received his master’s degree in business administration (MBA) from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and his bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Wisconsin at Madison. Email: Fred@IdahoFreedom.org

In the interest of fairness, Democrats should up the ante on tax cuts

Several days ago modest tax cut legislation was introduced before the Idaho House Revenue and Tax Committee. House Bill 67 sailed through the committee on a 14-2 vote, with only the two Democratic members opposing [...]

Mend fences, in the interest of the conservative movement

The first couple of weeks of the Legislature have been rough. We’ve seen friendships and collegial relationships challenged and tested because of inappropriate comments. Our hope and prayer is that lawmakers will work diligently over [...]

Return budget surplus to Idaho families

The state fiscal year (SFY) 2018 budget, recently presented to the Legislature by Gov. Butch Otter, is unfair to Idaho families. Otter’s budget starts from the premise that the current budget surplus belongs to special [...]

Idaho Politics Weekly story adds confusion to the Medicaid expansion debate

One reason why there is acrimony related to Medicaid expansion here in Idaho is that supporters have put out so much false and misleading information – and continue to do so. If we can’t agree [...]

Tax relief is an issue of fundamental fairness – Idaho is flush with your money

It is difficult to miss some relevant fiscal facts as the 2017 legislative session is about to begin. The principal fact: For the first four months of the fiscal year state revenues are running higher [...]

Little taxpayer representation at the Associated Taxpayers of Idaho meeting

Who really is representing the interests of taxpayers in this state? If you attended the Associated Taxpayers of Idaho annual meeting like I did Wednesday, you might wonder. The meeting in Boise started well, but [...]