Boise business owner not happy with unemployment insurance late fee

Erik Makrush Headlines

What happens when an Inc. 500 company in Idaho files its unemployment insurance tax one day late? According to the company in question, it receives a letter threatening civil penalty from the Idaho Department of Labor (IDOL) saying, “because of this history of your delinquency, your account is in jeopardy of having a civil penalty imposed …” Additionally, the business …

Pocatello Development Authority misleads public about decision to forgive loan in exchange for stock in a private corporation

Erik Makrush Government Waste, Urban Renewal

Press Release September 7, 2011 – The Idaho Freedom Foundation (IFF), a government watchdog and free market think tank based in Boise, today accused Pocatello’s urban renewal agency, the Pocatello Development Authority, of trying to mislead the public on its ill-fated decision to loan taxpayer money to a private company and then forgive the loan in exchange for ownership in …

Dover Urban Renewal Agency and Increased Taxes

Erik Makrush Reports and Studies, Urban Renewal

The city of Dover is a rural town in Idaho’s panhandle. Despite having a population of 476 people in 2005, the city decided to form an urban renewal agency, which would then use property tax revenue as a means to foster development. The Dover urban renewal district has grown to more than 99 percent of Dover’s base taxable value, making …

Kuna’s 2003 Urban Renewal resurfaces without a vote of the citizens

Erik Makrush Urban Renewal

The city of Kuna, obviously aware of legislation passed by the Idaho Legislature regulating creation of an Urban Renewal Agency (URA), established a URA in May, well in advance of the July 1 implementation of the new regulations. By creating the agency in May, the city sidestepped rules intended to protect citizens from financing a URA over which they have …

At the U.S. Department of Education, do the names Adam Smith or Milton Friedman ring a bell? Perhaps not.

Erik Makrush Higher Education

The U.S. Department of Education has released a 450-page document with new rules for the “for-profit higher education sector.”  The agency's intent is to create “gainful employment in a recognized occupation.”  We gather “gainful employment” is governmentese for getting a job. Drug dealing and prostitution are “recognized occupations” – but we digress. Among the provisions is a rule tying federal …