House Bill 580 – Idaho Commission on Hispanic Affairs

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Final score: (-1) Bill description: Idaho Commission on Hispanic Affairs The Commission on Hispanic Affairs was created by the Legislature in 1987. Its statutorily defined function is, among other things, to gather information and conduct studies “on problems and programs concerning Hispanic people” and “to stimulate public awareness of the problems of Hispanic people by conducting a program of public …

Senate Bill 1382 – Idaho State Board of Education, special programs

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Rating: -1 Bill description: Idaho State Board of Education, special programs, Fiscal Year 2021 appropriation On page 1-112 of the FY21 Legislative Budget Book, the following is noted concerning the opportunity scholarships: “ In FY 2019, the Legislature provided that twenty percent of the funds available for the scholarship may be used for awards to adult students who have earned …

House Bill 569 – Permanent Building Fund

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Rating: -1 Bill description: Department of Administration, Permanent Building Fund, Fiscal Year 2021 Analysis: This budget contains one line that caused consternation for three members of the Joint Finance-Appropriations Committee for understandable reasons. There is a specific line item for $2.5 million in additional funding for a Lewis-Clark State College building that was supposed to be a 50%-50% shared cost …

House Bill 537 – Lava Hot Springs foundation

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 Rating -1 Analysis  Land administered by the Lava Hot Springs Foundation, which totals 178 acres, was originally purchased by the federal government and then ceded to the state. Lava Hot Springs operates from dedicated funds, including entrance fees, rentals, and merchandise sales.  According to the Lava Hot Springs Performance Report for the period FY16 to FY19, total expenditures increased 19.1% …

House Bill 449 — Budget stabilization fund

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The Idaho Spending Index examines appropriation bills on several fronts to add some important context to lawmakers’ discussions as the spending bills are considered on the House and Senate floors. As we look at the budget, we consider the following issues: Does the agency requesting these funds serve a proper role of government? Has wasteful or duplicative spending been identified …

House Bill 412 – Department of Administration

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Rating: -1 Bill description: This Fiscal Year 2020 supplemental request is to fund a Security Operations Division Administrator position in the Department of Administration. Support for this position was outlined in an October 4, 2019 letter from the Senate and House leadership to the Idaho Department of Administration director, Bryan Mooney. However, supplemental appropriations are to be restricted to emergency requests, …