Idahoans: Act today to oppose Covid-19 immunity legislation

Wayne Hoffman Articles, Coronavirus Leave a Comment

Idahoans should promptly tell lawmakers and Gov. Brad Little to reject a civil liability proposal that is expected to become the centerpiece of a special legislative session planned for the week of Aug. 24. The proposal would basically allow the government to do whatever it wants in the event of a disaster or emergency declared by the governor. Public servants …

McLean: No free ponies, but priorities that are detached from reality

Wayne Hoffman Articles, SMART Boise Leave a Comment

When I was a sixth-grader, my teacher instructed the class to design an ideal city, with our only limitation being the power of our imaginations and the availability of color pencils. Untethered by reality or any regard for who would pay for it, the class of preteens proceeded to color their blank construction paper with implausibly permanent rainbows and blue …

Kustra attacks conservatives, IFF to deflect from his poor record

Fred Birnbaum Articles, Education, Higher Education Leave a Comment

Former BSU President Bob Kustra’s recent commentary spoke of “[t]aking back Idaho from its fringe politics.” Kustra took aim at legislators he deems extreme and the Idaho Freedom Foundation. Kustra’s examples of fringe politics included: Questioning the science behind the public health district’s mask mandates; supporting legislation that banned biological males from competing in female sports; and, not supporting the …

Central District Health may mandate masks for your kid at Tuesday meeting

Dustin Hurst Articles, Coronavirus Leave a Comment

The debate over mandatory masks is headed to school.  That is, Central District Health will discuss an order Tuesday that would require Ada County students to don masks when schools reopen in a few weeks. The proposal would require masks in all public schools, private schools and charter schools, as well as in colleges and universities.  The order would also …

Give parents choice instead of Covid-era edicts as schools reopen

Wayne Hoffman Articles, Coronavirus, Education Leave a Comment

Parents have the right to decide how their kids are educated, and that includes decisions about masks, online courses, vaccines, Covid-testing, social distancing, or any other virus mitigation measures that might be part of the equation. It is, frankly, insulting and off-putting to watch as Idaho school and health officials issue edicts in an effort to safeguard the status quo …

Understanding property tax relief under CARES Act

Fred Birnbaum Articles Leave a Comment

The federal CARES Act gave Idaho about $1.25 billion for COVID-19 relief efforts. Gov. Brad Little earmarked approximately $200 million of the federal cash for property tax relief.  As of July 20, 54 cities and 28 counties have opted to participate in this property tax relief opportunity. However, there is not a solid understanding of what this will mean for …