House Bill 628 – Public school support, operations

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Bill description: Public school support, Operations, Fiscal Year 2021 appropriation Rating -1 Analysis: The Operations division is one of the 7 divisions in the K-12 budget and it provides funding for school districts for pupil transportation, salaries and benefits for staff, technology and discretionary funds for educational support services or operations. One large line was added by JFAC that was …

House Bill 627 – Public school support, teachers

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Bill description: Public school support, teachers, Fiscal Year 2021 appropriation Rating: -1 Analysis: The public school support budget contains six divisions plus support for the education of the deaf and blind. The appropriation for teachers is one of the divisions and reflects the state’s portion of spending to pay for Idaho’s K-12 teachers.  This bill serves to provide funding for …

Senate Bill 1399 – Department of Health and Welfare, family and community services

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Bill description: Department of Health and Welfare, family and community services, Fiscal Year 2021 appropriation Rating: -1 Analysis: There are two key concerns with this budget that are very problematic. The governor recommended $10.7 million for the final phase of the child welfare IT system project, half from the general fund and the other half from federal funds. The Joint Finance-Appropriations …

Senate Bill 1395 – Idaho State Board of Education, health education programs

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Bill description: State Board of Education, Health Education Programs, Fiscal Year 2021 Rating: -1 Analysis: This appropriation requests an additional $1.25 million in general fund dollars, 1.00 FTP, and 25 new resident positions at five existing residency programs with a funding level of $50,000 per resident.  The rationale for using taxpayer dollars to fund medical residencies is that Idaho has …

Senate Bill 1393 – Department of Health and Welfare, supplemental

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Bill description: Department of Health and Welfare, Fiscal Year 2020 Medicaid supplemental Rating: -1  Analysis: This supplemental request has all of the worst features ever seen in a supplemental appropriation bill. It is unseemly in its size and adds a major policy step that very few Idahoans would likely support if they fully understood it.  Large Medicaid supplementals are becoming …