Senate Bill 1420 – Department of Labor

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When this agency’s request came up for FY20, we noted the following last year: This appropriation adds a major new line item, a JOBCorps pilot project with an appropriation of $4.3 million. This appropriation is a federal grant, with 100 percent of the appropriation provided by the federal government and therein lies the concern.  Page 5-46 of the FY20 Legislative …

Senate Bill 1418 – Department of Health and Welfare, Medicaid

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Bill description: Department of Health and Welfare, Medicaid Fiscal Year 2021 appropriation  Rating: -1 No program is as large nor is as big a threat to the fiscal health of Idaho as the state’s Medicaid program.  In Fiscal Year 1999, total Medicaid was appropriated $533 million. In Fiscal Year 2018, the appropriation was $2.3 billion. That number climbed to $2.45 …

Senate Bill 1416 — Homestead exemption increase

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Bill description: SB 1416 would increase the maximum homestead exemption from $100,00 to $120,000 for tax year 2020. Beginning in the 2021 tax year, the exemption would be indexed annually to reflect cost-of-living fluctuations. Rating: -1 Does it directly or indirectly create or increase any taxes, fees, or other assessments? Conversely, does it eliminate or reduce any taxes, fees, or …

Senate Bill 1417 — Changes to Idaho’s circuit breaker policy

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Bill description: SB 1417 makes several significant changes to property tax policy commonly referred to as the “circuit breaker.”  Rating -1 Does it directly or indirectly create or increase any taxes, fees, or other assessments? Conversely, does it eliminate or reduce any taxes, fees, or other assessments?  SB 1417 would decrease property taxes for a narrowly defined group of taxpayers, …

House Bill 637 – Public school support, teachers, trailer appropriation

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Rating: -1 Bill description: Public School Support, Teachers, Fiscal Year 2021 trailer appropriation for House Bill 523 Analysis: This is the trailer appropriation for House Bill 523, the Career Ladder Allocation. The trailer bill amount is $8.3 million.  Our analysis of House Bill 523 noted the following issues: House Bill 523 is a five-year commitment to an expanded Career Ladder …

House Bill 639, State controller, trailer appropriation

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Bill description: State Controller, Trailer Appropriation for Criminal Justice Integrated Data System, FY21 Rating: -1 Analysis: This is the trailer appropriation for H432aaH of $298,800, with 2 full-time positions for the Controller to develop the Criminal Justice Integrated Data System.  As we noted in our analysis of H432 as amended, “The Criminal Justice Integrated Data System created by HB 432 …