Three promising bills could provide property tax relief for Idahoans

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There is, perhaps, a glimmer of hope for people like Boise’s Kari Wardle. Kari, 40, juggles full-time employment and raising a 5-year-old boy, while caring for her terminally-ill mom. But it’s her rising property taxes that have her really rattled.  “My wages don’t increase enough every year to offset these costs,” Wardle explained. “With medical expenses and my child, even …

Credit Little with containing costs after Kustra’s expensive years at BSU

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Former Boise State University President Bob Kustra says he can’t understand why Gov. Brad Little has decided to keep a lid on state spending even as the economy is growing. “Someone has left the control room of state government, and the autopilot is off course,” Kustra groaned in a recent column.  Though Kustra is confused, it doesn’t require much brain …

Lawmakers should nix state government’s new “home visit” program for young parents

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Gov. Brad Little has given lawmakers a budget that is indisputably the most conservative spending blueprint in many years. It’s an excellent starting point.  To his credit, Little spent much of 2019 quietly routing out many of the Big Government spending impulses of the previous gubernatorial administration, setting the stage for the legislative session as reflected in his budget request. …

Taxes, freedom to work, education top priorities for 2020

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Legislative success in containing property taxes will make the difference as to whether some Idahoans have to move from their homes. It’s why property tax relief has to be the No. 1 priority for the upcoming legislative session.  Property tax relief can be achieved by freezing local government spending and capping tax levies. Consolidating tax districts, reducing the number of …

2020 resolution: Let’s talk about what ails the public education system

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One of the first lessons we learn as small children is: Honesty is the best policy Yet, in 2019, my unvarnished assessment of public schools — that government shouldn’t be in the education business — wound up being the quote that lit the media’s collective hair on fire. I also said that public schools are exceptionally good at indoctrination and …

A letter to Santa

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Dear Santa,  The gang at the Idaho Freedom Foundation was very good in 2019, and knowing that we’re not the easiest to shop for, we’ve made a list of gifts that help celebrate the expansion of freedom, along with an explanation. Please let us know if you have any questions.   A NEW CONVERTIBLE: We’re not concerned about the make or …