Be skeptical about Idaho contact tracing program bait-and-switch

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Idahoans need to be skeptical about the state government’s plan to use software and hundreds of employees known as “contact tracers” to investigate and keep tabs on you. They’ll know where you’ve been, with whom, and whether you’re experiencing any medical symptoms. Gov. Brad Little’s contact tracing strategy is being implemented without legislative oversight. Worse, there’s no guarantee the software …

Throughout May, many government officials have been preparing for an economic downturn

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Idaho elected officials have the responsibility to take action now to prepare for the economic consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic and the statewide stay-at-home order. During the past month, many units of government have made both small and big decisions that will benefit their constituents in the days and months to come. For instance, in the city of Lewiston, public …

Gov. Little is solely responsible for the demise of Idaho businesses

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It was difficult to watch Gov. Brad Little’s press conference Thursday. Not just because of the eerie masked government official silently hovering in a corner six feet behind and to the left of the governor in his ceremonial office. But also because of the way the governor handled his announcement that he would permit restaurants and salons to open in …

Transparency in relief fund spending is essential

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Under the CARES Act, the state of Idaho has received $1.25 billion in relief funds from the federal government. These dollars will all, in some way, be spent in Idaho. The state’s approach to spending these relief funds is to split the money into different pools, with some money going to state agencies, some to businesses, some to tribes, and …

Stay-home stories: Kearsy Hoffman & V-Sports Arena

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Kearston “Kearsy” Hoffman and her husband Colton are proud to run the V-Sports Arena, an entertainment center with virtual reality, laser tag, and nerf guns. “We have a virtual simulation of falling off an eighty story building that’s so realistic, I’ve seen grown men freeze up and back away. Out of our 200 different experiences, I really like this one!” …

Some localities are declining to enforce the governor’s reopening plan

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As business owners look forward to reopening their currently shut-down businesses, many of them are becoming well-acquainted with the expectations of their state government. They may, however, find that the expectations of local governments are not as accessible. Since local governments, such as cities and counties, are in charge of enforcing statewide and local orders, it is important that local …