The free market works worldwide … see it in action in January

Erik Makrush Articles

A farmer in Chile, a North Korean refugee turned venture capitalist, businesswomen in Zambia and Slovakia … all are great examples of how the free market is working when given a chance. Their stories are coming to you in January at three Idaho public television stations. While we certainly don’t want to promote public television, these programs are worth watching. …

Idahoans can learn from Detroit and other bankrupt cities

Erik Makrush Articles

Remember your reaction to the city of Detroit filing for bankruptcy? I recall thinking “what would my grandfather and father have thought about the situation?” When I was a tike, I would sit next to Grandpa Faust listening to his stories about working in the “car business” and attending the great car shows in Detroit—the center of the American car …

Standing for freedom matters when others are looking to us for inspiration

Erik Makrush Articles

I recently had the opportunity to participate in an international liberty think tank conference hosted by the Atlas Network. The goal was for each attendee to become better organizationally in the management of free market think tanks around the world. The “Think Tank MBA” program focused on the essentials of managing each of our operations as well providing time to …

Urban renewal will mean higher taxes, unlimited government in Shoshone County

Erik Makrush Role of Government, Statism, Urban Renewal

On May 21, Shoshone County voters will be asked to create an urban renewal agency. Voters are told that doing so will not raise taxes. This is simply not accurate. Idaho Freedom Foundation has studied urban renewal throughout Idaho, and in no instance has urban renewal been used without some impact to taxpayers. Urban renewal diverts taxpayer money to projects …

JFAC hears budget requests on Medicaid, catastrophic health care

Erik Makrush Headlines

This week the Joint Finance-Appropriations Committee (JFAC) began listening to the Department of Health and Welfare present its budget request for fiscal year 2014. The department is requesting a total increase of 6.8 percent in spending for a total department budget of $2.52 billion. Department of Health and Welfare Director Dick Armstrong told JFAC Monday that the department is only …