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Meet the taxpayer-funded nonprofit pushing for Medicaid expansion, more state spending

Jannus Inc. is, by many accounts, one of the largest and most influential non-profit social services organizations in Idaho. With an annual budget of more than $15 million, Jannus operates two dozen programs that, according [...]

Idaho government workforce growing at rapid pace

Gov. Butch Otter is putting a stubborn recession in the rear view mirror, growing your government workforce faster than at any time in a decade. The push to add new state workers -- Otter is [...]

Packer seeks ‘government permission slip to earn a living’ for sign language interpreters

Rep. Kelley Packer appears determined to swim against a current that is washing away occupational regulation across the country. Packer, R-McCammon, has again filed legislation, House Bill 46, that would make it a crime to [...]

As Idaho school spending grows, student performance still lags

If Gov. Otter has his way -- and there is little reason to think he won’t -- overall education spending will increase for the sixth consecutive fiscal year. After growing by an average of more [...]

Previous Idaho Freedom Index years

Click here to view and download the final 2016 Idaho Freedom Index and statewide map.  Click here to for the interactive 2016 Idaho Freedom Index. Click here to view and download the final 2015 Freedom [...]

Otter’s budget grows state spending about 9 percent

Since the economic recovery began in earnest five years ago there are at least three things the taxpayers of Idaho can count on at budget time from Gov. Butch Otter. First, Otter will ignore a [...]