Give Gov. Little thanks for defending taxpayers by containing budget

Wayne Hoffman 2016 Idaho Freedom Index, Articles Leave a Comment

Please take a moment to cheer Gov. Brad Little and his administration for proactively getting Idaho’s fiscal house in order ahead of a potential economic downturn. Spending restraint is a tough job that too few elected officials choose to do. Late last month, Zach Hauge, the governor’s chief of staff, directed state agencies to tighten their belts just a bit. …

Cut spending to provide property tax relief

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A property tax revolt is brewing in Idaho, and it is easy to understand why. Homeowners are seeing property taxes increase faster than their incomes and that is not sustainable. Seniors, picture a moving truck pulling up to your house; those on fixed incomes can’t — won’t be able to — keep up with upward spiraling tax increases. Those who attended …

Test scores continue to flounder while Ybarra celebrates ‘skinniest kid at fat camp’

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If American public schools are ever going to improve, education officials need to be honest about where students are succeeding and where they aren’t. That’s mainly unsolicited advice for Idaho Superintendent of Public Instruction Sherri Ybarra, who found mostly joy and silver linings in the newest scores from the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP). The truth is much more …

Idaho colleges naive about their relationships with communist China

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The University of Idaho and Northwest Nazarene University maintain Communist-controlled programs on their campuses amid international concern that China uses them as a devious way to leverage support and silence dissent around the world. The programs are called Confucius Institutes, which critics say package outreach so meticulously as to paint China positively while concealing the nation’s oppressive history. U.S. Sen. …

Diversity & discernment: lessons from the gridiron

Idaho Freedom Foundation staff Articles, Education Leave a Comment

By Dr. John M. Livingston | Medical Policy Adviser I grew up in Ohio in the 1960s. In Ohio and western Pennsylvania, football was, and remains today, a religion. I was lucky enough in the late ‘60s and early ‘70’s to play for two state championship high school football teams and one NCAA Division III championship football team. My high …