Senate Bill 1033 – Legislative account distributions

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

Senate Bill 1021 — Taxing district budgets

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Bill Description: Senate Bill 1021 changes the cap on property tax budget growth. Rating: +2 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 1021 updates the method by which taxing districts can determine how much they may increase their property tax …

Making sense of Little’s FY22 budget

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There is only one job the state Legislature must do each and every year: Pass a balanced budget. Gov. Brad Little has done a much better job than his predecessor containing spending, but that doesn’t mean his budget proposal is perfect. Here are seven things to like (and seven not to like) about the spending blueprint the governor has handed …

Medicaid’s cost explosion requires immediate action

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In the chaos of a contested presidential election and the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Idaho’s greatest financial threat has been able to creep by without much notice.  Medicaid, created to provide health care coverage to the country’s most vulnerable — the disabled and low-income individuals and families — has seen a recent explosion of cost. In Fiscal Year 2000, Medicaid spending …

BSU’s Tromp should lead by example, cut her own pay and benefits

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On Wednesday, Boise State University President Marlene Tromp announced a plan to inflict pay cuts and furloughs on all athletic department employees who earn more than $40,000 annually.  The school is reeling from the loss of football revenue after the Mountain West Conference canceled its season in August. The school, Tromp revealed recently, could be out more than $20 million …