The right thing for Boise to do is let voters decide the pricey library’s fate

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In his recent guest column about the new Boise library, Mark Durcan wrote that it was “disheartening to see some trying to change the rules in order to derail the library initiative.” He was referring to a ballot initiative that Boise Working Together recently proposed to simply hold a public vote on the proposed new main library. Unlike Durcan, I …

Boiseans, you’re paying for Lyft rides to bus stops through a program ripe for abuse

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Today the city of Boise expanded its transportation system. The expansion is called Lyft, which may sound familiar. That’s because the city is actually using the private ride-hailing company. Boise is partnering with Valley Regional Transit (VRT) and other government agencies to implement a pilot program that they believe will get more people to ride the public bus—after riding in …

House Bill 24 — Weight limits on utility-type vehicles

Lindsay Atkinson 2019 House bill ratings

Bill description: HB 24 would remove weight restrictions for utility-type vehicles (UTVs). Rating: +1 Does it give government any new, additional, or expanded power to prohibit, restrict, or regulate activities in the free market? Conversely, does it eliminate or reduce government intervention in the market? Under current Idaho law, all-terrain vehicles, snowmobiles, motorbikes, and UTVs are classified as off-highway vehicles. …

House Bill 5 — Idaho Board of Chiropractic Physicians

Lindsay Atkinson 2019 House bill ratings

Bill description: HB 5 would eliminate the Board of Chiropractic Physicians’ peer review committee. Rating: +1 Does it transfer a function of the private sector to the government? Examples include government ownership or control of any providers of goods or services such as the Land Board’s purchase of a self-storage facility, mandatory emissions testing, or pre-kindergarten. Conversely, does it eliminate …

House Bill 22 — Communication services licensure

Lindsay Atkinson 2019 House bill ratings

Bill description: HB 22 would remove the age limit requirement for sign language interpreters and allow licensees to show proof of licensure electronically. Rating: +2 Does it increase barriers to entry into the market? Examples include occupational licensure, the minimum wage, and restrictions on home businesses. Conversely, does it remove barriers to entry into the market? When sign language interpreting …