Why do we offer the Idaho Freedom Index?

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Which legislators vote for more government, and which ones support lower taxes, fewer counterproductive regulations and more personal liberty? A few years ago, we at the Idaho Freedom Foundation realized Idahoans didn’t have an easy-to-understand guide to legislators’ votes. Thus, we built the Idaho Freedom Index, Idaho’s only thorough scorecard that tells the story of what actually happens in the …

Three promising bills could provide property tax relief for Idahoans

Wayne Hoffman Articles, Property taxes Leave a Comment

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 …

How to guarantee higher college tuition costs

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By Scott Yenor | Special to Idaho Freedom Foundation College costs continue to rise. Columbia, the nation’s tuition leader this past academic year, has seen its price tag climb yet again, to about $60,000 annually for tuition alone, bringing its total annual cost to over $75,000, when counting room and board. Ivy League schools are not alone. For two generations, …

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

Wayne Hoffman Articles, Higher Education Leave a Comment

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. …

Little’s budget serves as an important course correction

Fred Birnbaum Articles Leave a Comment

It is no secret that fiscal conservatives felt let down during the final years of Gov. Butch Otter’s administration. Otter abandoned his pledge to hold the growth of state government spending at or below Idahoan’s own personal income growth. Thankfully, we have a new governor in Brad Little and a new Division of Financial Management Director, Alex Adams. The regulatory …