Throughout May, many government officials have been preparing for an economic downturn

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Idaho elected officials have the responsibility to take action now to prepare for the economic consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic and the statewide stay-at-home order. During the past month, many units of government have made both small and big decisions that will benefit their constituents in the days and months to come. For instance, in the city of Lewiston, public …

Transparency in relief fund spending is essential

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Under the CARES Act, the state of Idaho has received $1.25 billion in relief funds from the federal government. These dollars will all, in some way, be spent in Idaho. The state’s approach to spending these relief funds is to split the money into different pools, with some money going to state agencies, some to businesses, some to tribes, and …

Some localities are declining to enforce the governor’s reopening plan

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As business owners look forward to reopening their currently shut-down businesses, many of them are becoming well-acquainted with the expectations of their state government. They may, however, find that the expectations of local governments are not as accessible. Since local governments, such as cities and counties, are in charge of enforcing statewide and local orders, it is important that local …

Boise: Raising taxes is not a tax break

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Boise city officials are throwing around the idea of raising taxes on Boiseans by 2% this coming year. Officials are posing this idea as a fiscally responsible move in response to the economic stress on residents caused by COVID-19 and the shutdown of many local businesses. Comparatively, a 2% increase is lower than the tax increases the city has taken …