Idaho Teacher Contracts: Evergreen provisions turn school budgets red

IFF Primary/Secondary Education, Reports and Studies

It’s no secret that public schools throughout Idaho and the rest of the nation are desperate for cash. Stagnant state revenues and rising costs are forcing our schools to do more with less money every academic year. Labor costs are a major financial drag on public schools. A typical district spends anywhere between 70 and 80 percent of its total …

Theft as urban renewal: Why Idaho’s urban renewal law should be repealed

IFF Reports and Studies, Urban Renewal

Originally created to solve a problem that no longer exists, tax-increment financing is now being used by cities for a variety of purposes: Attracting businesses to an urban-renewal district that probably would have located in a nearby area without any subsidy; Capturing funds that voters think they have allocated to schools, fire, and other purposes in order to spend them …

2011 Idaho Pork Report

IFF Government Waste, Reports and Studies

In 2009, we told many of our friends and allies that we would write a report called “The 2010 Idaho Pork Report.” We won’t lie about it; many laughed. “This is Idaho,” we heard time and time again. “You won’t find government waste in Idaho!” Sixty-eight pages later, few people are laughing. There is waste throughout state and local government. …

ObamaCare Cost Analysis for Idaho

IFF Healthcare, Reports and Studies

The passage of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) will lead to a major restructuring of the nation’s health care sector. Not only will individuals be affected by new taxes and regulations, but state governments (and, by extension, state taxpayers) will also be affected by numerous provisions in the legislation. Some of these provisions will only impose a …