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Why should the Idaho Legislature make Bitcoin freedom a priority in 2024?

By Niklas Kleinworth
September 11, 2023
Control over how money is created, spent, and distributed is at the crux of the Left’s legal and cultural takeover of the United States. With the free market circumventing this tyrannical control through the adoption of Bitcoin, Idaho lawmakers should consider legislative action to protect this innovation in financial freedom. Policies should bolster financial privacy, […]
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Lawmaker’s dishonesty gives cover to medical-industrial complex 

By Wayne Hoffman
August 29, 2023
Medical welfare makes up the biggest part of the state’s budget at more than $4.5 billion. It’s bigger than education. Bigger than transportation. The program, called Medicaid, is a big deal and, arguably, a growing problem for taxpayers and society as a whole. The chart for Medicaid spending looks like a hockey stick. It’s off […]
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Boise School District pressures teachers to affirm new sexual identities of "gender queer," "pansexual," and "nonbinary" in students

By Anna Miller
August 24, 2023
The Boise School District (BSD) has been training teachers in radical gender ideology, including pressuring teachers to affirm students’ different sexual identities such as “pansexual,” “transgender,” “gender queer,” and “non-binary.” Teachers were told to use pronouns corresponding to a student’s gender identity, regardless of their deeply held personal or religious beliefs. They were given resources […]
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Independent audit finds state agency defied Idaho law to distribute public funds to woke pre-K and child care providers

By Anna Miller
August 22, 2023
An independent audit found that the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare defied Idaho law in the grant-making process. Public records further demonstrate that high-ranking administrators deliberately designed the grant process to serve children ages birth to five. Thanks to the efforts of Sen. Glenneda Zuiderveld, the Idaho Freedom Foundation's Center for American Education broke […]
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Florida Leads the Way

By Idaho Freedom Foundation staff
August 21, 2023
The Sunshine State’s education reforms are a model for the nation. By Anna K. Miller and Scott Yenor Reforming education involves the notoriously difficult task of reforming bureaucracies. Legislatures and governors can pass laws that demand change, but education bureaucracies are notorious for simply absorbing reforms without changing their ways. This is why former Secretary […]
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Managed care couldn’t fix states’ Medicaid budgets; a switch would ignore real solutions in Idaho

By Niklas Kleinworth
August 21, 2023
Idaho has a distressing spending problem in its medical welfare program, Medicaid. The $4.7 billion price tag constitutes one-third of all state spending, and it is growing. Total appropriations for the program between the 2022 and 2023 fiscal years grew by 17% — six points faster than all other spending. Lawmakers propose switching Idaho from […]
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West Bonner School District adopts common sense bathroom policy

By Brian Almon
August 18, 2023
School restrooms have become a flashpoint in the culture war, as leftist activists have tried to force schools to allow biological boys to use girls’ bathrooms, changing rooms, and overnight accommodations. The danger this poses to students is obvious, but these activists attempt to destroy anyone exhibiting common sense. At one point earlier this year, […]
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Convention of the States is Likely to Disappoint Conservatives

By Fred Birnbaum
August 15, 2023
Lawmakers from across the United States held a simulated Article V convention of states earlier this month, and the outcome settled nothing. The Convention of States organization, which organized the event, hailed it as a success, and while some of the amendments proposed by lawmakers in attendance have merit, two of the Convention of States’ […]
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Bathroom bill injunction puts Idaho students in danger

By Idaho Freedom Foundation staff
August 11, 2023
By Anna Miller and Brian Almon The U.S. District Court of Idaho has temporarily blocked a law requiring public schools to separate bathrooms and locker rooms based on a student’s biological sex. The order establishes that schools may keep existing transgender student policies in place prior to Gov. Brad Little signing Senate Bill 1100. At […]
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Leftist lawmakers blame others, call for special session over deletion of presidential primary

By Wayne Hoffman
August 10, 2023
There’s a story going around that Senate President Pro Tem Chuck Winder is trying to get a special session of the Legislature organized for the purpose of saving face over the fact that lawmakers inadvertently deleted the presidential primary from next year’s election calendar. There’s a lot of misinformation about this issue, chiefly coming from […]
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The IFF's Center for American Education on the Florida Model

By Idaho Freedom Foundation staff
August 7, 2023
BACKGROUND Florida’s K–12 public education system is among the best in the country, and it has become better over the past four years. Elsewhere in the country, the education system emphasizes concepts of diversity and equity while compromising on excellence and even competence. In Florida, those governing the education system have attempted to rid schools […]
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Governor Little Should be More Humble When Describing Idaho’s Economy

By Fred Birnbaum
August 2, 2023
Lest anyone think that we are picking on Governor Little when we rain on his Idaho economic parade, think again. We would make these points in any of the 50 states. Governor Little, to his credit, pushed back against the notions of the excess COVID monies that flooded every state. But he quickly sidestepped those […]
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