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 …

House Bill 641 – Colleges & universities

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Bill description: Colleges & Universities, Appropriation, Fiscal Year 2021 Rating: -1 Analysis: This is the second attempt at a budget for colleges and universities. This budget proposal is, in some ways, worse than House Bill 603, which received only 32 votes and failed on the House floor. The objections that we voiced in reviewing the earlier bill remain, administrative bloat …

Senate Bill 1415 – Department of Health and Welfare, public health

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Bill description: Department of Health and Welfare, Public Health FY21 appropriation Rating: -1 Analysis: This budget contains two problematic line items.  The first is the Health Care Policy Initiative (HPI), which is being dissolved and the money shifted to Public Health. From page 2-65 of the FY21 LBB, “The HPI Program was established in 2015 to administer the State Healthcare …

House Bill 629 – Public school support, children’s programs

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Rating -1 Analysis: The Division of Children’s Programs includes programs that provide direct educational or material benefits to children, where funding does not primarily go to paying certificated teachers and administrators. This budget includes a line item for “Literacy Proficiency.” Given that literacy should be a core component of what public schools do, adding another line item in discretionary spending …