Legislature gives voters a say on stadium proposals

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One of the biggest con jobs in all of government is “urban renewal.” The pleasant-sounding name obscures reality. Urban renewal is less about renewing urban areas and more about finding clever ways to fund big projects and to subsidize developers without drawing the attention, or having to get the permission of voters. House Bill 217 is one of the most …

Office space spending far more “absurd” than Medicaid work requirements

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Opponents of work requirements for Medicaid-expansion recipients claim it will cost millions of dollars to implement such a requirement. However, it is unlikely the cost would reach that high. Idaho already requires food stamp recipients to work. Applying the existing food stamp bureaucracy to those on Medicaid shouldn’t cost all that much. But let us suppose opponents’ upper-end estimates are …

School “turnaround” legislation would reward failing schools

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Public schools should be held accountable for failure. Instead, Idaho lawmakers are considering a bill that would reward schools and their employees for underperformance. It’s all part of the so-called School Turnaround Act, which passed the Senate 22-11 a month ago and is headed to the House floor for a vote. The measure is supposed to mirror model legislation from …

King Martin: Let’s keep parents in the dark about vaccine exemption

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When school districts and private daycares tell parents, as they often do, that children need to be immunized before they can attend, that’s only partly true. Some might argue that it’s a lie by omission, and they’d be right. Gem State children can attend school or participate in daycare without being vaccinated. Here’s how: Idaho law allows parents a series …

Lawmakers attempt to make new welfare program to tackle teacher shortages

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There’s a poster occasionally displayed in legislators’ offices that says, “Government: If you think the problems we create are bad, just wait until you see our solutions.” It’s common for legislators to ignore their own advice and plow forward with solutions equally as bad as the problems they’re trying to solve. Witness House Bill 93, a well-intentioned bill supported by …