Senate Bill 1323 — Convictions used to prohibit entry into teaching profession

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Bill description: SB 1323 would prohibit people convicted of certain crimes from entry into the teaching profession.  Rating: -1 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?  This bill would allow the state Professional Standards Commission to …

Now’s the time to have your voice heard on property taxes

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I’ve always believed, for every single dollar the government spends, each elected official who voted for the spending should be able to look a taxpayer in the eye, without a shred of embarrassment, and explain why the government needed the money more than the person who earned it. In Idaho, those real life conversations would go something like this:   We …

Senate Bill 1274 — Creation of a new Office of Administrative Hearings

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Bill description: SB 1274 would create a new Office of Administrative Hearings Rating: -3 Does it create, expand, or enlarge any agency, board, program, function, or activity of government? Conversely, does it eliminate or curtail the size or scope of government? This bill would create a new Office of Administrative Hearings, which would conduct hearings in contested cases that arise …

Senate Bill 1285 — Mandated school trustee training

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Bill description: SB 1285 would require elected school board officials to undergo state-mandated training by the State Board of Education or an entity it designates. Rating: -2 Does it create, expand, or enlarge any agency, board, program, function, or activity of government? Conversely, does it eliminate or curtail the size or scope of government?  This bill would require each elected …

Every parent knows why the bond election rerun bill is good policy

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 Children are usually great, but occasionally they’re horribly annoying.  Every parent has been here: You’ve just given your child a sweet treat. He gobbles it down, licks his lips, and sticks out his hand. He wants another. He asks again and again and again.  He ends up in his room without a treat.  Idaho lawmakers, thankfully, recognize the wisdom of …

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 …