About Fred Birnbaum

Fred Birnbaum joined the Idaho Freedom Foundation as vice president and chief operating officer after working 25 years in the paper and 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 for US Senator John Glenn, as a Military Affairs Fellow, 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: [email protected]

Why Idaho’s budget matters to you

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 [...]

Senate Bill 1212 – Permanent Building Fund, FY19 supplemental

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 [...]

Senate Bill 1211 – Permanent Building Fund, FY19 supplemental

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Senate Bill 1210 – Permanent Building Fund, FY19 supplemental

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 [...]

House Bill 302 — Board of Examiners

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 [...]

House Bill 297 – Office of the State Board of Education

The Idaho Budget 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 [...]