Idaho’s education task force is just political cover for more spending

Fred Birnbaum Articles, Education Leave a Comment

The push for more education spending came at lightning speed — less than one week after Gov. Brad Little announced his K-12 public education task force. Idaho Education Association President Kari Overall and the executive director of the Idaho Association of School Administrators, Rob Winslow, both task force members, published an opinion piece that suggested higher pay is needed for veteran teachers. …

Medicaid expansion myths persist

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A handful of Medicaid expansion myths persist in the public sphere, not because they have any factual basis, but rather because Democrats and progressives see these distortions as useful to their political agenda. Facts are stubborn things, though. Here are some facts about Idaho’s Medicaid expansion: Thanks to courageous Idaho House conservatives, able-bodied adults will be required to work to …

Why Idaho’s budget matters to you

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Government spending in Idaho is like a train constantly speeding up, that for years now has left the rails of common sense and fiscal responsibility. During the 2019 legislative session, for the first time, the Idaho Freedom Foundation tracked which legislators reached for the brakes, and who voted to stoke the engine and crash deeper into the woods. We evaluated …

Senate Bill 1212 – Permanent Building Fund, FY19 supplemental

Fred Birnbaum Senate budget bills 2019

The Idaho Spending Index examines appropriation bills on several fronts to add important context to lawmakers’ discussions as the spending bills are considered on the House and Senate floors. Among the issues we look at in drawing a conclusion about a budget: Does the agency requesting these funds serve a proper role of government? Has wasteful or duplicative spending been …

Senate Bill 1211 – Permanent Building Fund, FY19 supplemental

Fred Birnbaum Senate budget bills 2019

The Idaho Spending Index examines appropriation bills on several fronts to add important context to lawmakers’ discussions as they are considered on the floor of the House and Senate. Among the issues we look at in drawing a conclusion about a budget: Does the agency requesting these funds serve a proper role of government? Has wasteful or duplicative spending been …

Senate Bill 1210 – Permanent Building Fund, FY19 supplemental

Fred Birnbaum Senate budget bills 2019

The Idaho Spending Index examines appropriation bills on several fronts to add important context to lawmakers’ discussions as the spending bills are considered on the House and Senate floors. Among the issues we look at in drawing a conclusion about a budget: Does the agency requesting these funds serve a proper role of government? Has wasteful or duplicative spending been …