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In remembrance of Gary Glenn, the father of Right to Work in Idaho 

By Wayne Hoffman
July 29, 2023
Idahoans have the freedom to get jobs without having to be union members, something not true everywhere and a fact for which we owe thanks to Gary Glenn, who died Thursday at age 65. Gary can rightfully be called the father of Idaho's Right to Work law. More than 40 years ago, Right to Work […]
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Deregulation Part 3: Government-simulated accountability abandons Idaho’s elderly

By Niklas Kleinworth
July 27, 2023
Nursing homes are among the most heavily regulated health care settings. With approximately 900 pages of federal and state regulations in place, virtually every aspect of these facilities is controlled by the government. Despite this, Idaho’s facilities fail to meet the needs of their residents. Nursing homes are an example of how Americans — in […]
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Labrador correct in challenging University of Phoenix transaction 

By Wayne Hoffman
July 26, 2023
There are about 1.9 million people in the state of Idaho. Only about a handful of those people knew about the University of Idaho’s plans to buy the University of Phoenix when the deal was unveiled in May. This is not how government is supposed to work. Yet, ironically, Boise attorney Trudy Hanson Fouser, representing […]
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Blaine Schools Superintendent obfuscates about pornographic book in elementary school 

By Anna Miller
July 24, 2023
The Superintendent of Blaine County School District (BCSD), Jim Foudy, obfuscated facts about the presence of a sexually explicit book in the elementary school library. Foudy was aware that the pornographic book "It's Perfectly Normal" had been in Bellevue Elementary School for seven years, public records revealed, and was moved to Wood River Middle School […]
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Governor Little boasts about property tax relief he vetoed

By Idaho Freedom Foundation staff
July 21, 2023
By Brian Almon and Fred Birnbaum On Wednesday, Governor Brad Little’s office issued a triumphant press release, boasting about an additional $100 million in property tax relief that will be coming to homeowners due to a larger than expected year-end state budget surplus. The release states, “Throughout the legislative session, Governor Little and the Legislature […]
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Idaho Policy Makes Youth Employment Opportunities Scarce

By Ronald M. Nate, Ph.D.
July 19, 2023
When I was a 13-year-old suburban kid, I wanted to earn money. I went to grocery stores, restaurants, and gas stations to apply for jobs. None of my applications panned out. Sure, I did the occasional lawn mowing and yard clean-up jobs, but I wasn’t the entrepreneurial type, so the work and money were spotty […]
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Idaho Legislators call on state library commission to withdraw from Marxist-led national group

By Anna Miller
July 17, 2023
A group of 13 Idaho Legislators has called on the Idaho Commission for Libraries (ICfL) to immediately withdraw from the Marxist-led American Library Association (ALA). The statement, published by the Idaho Freedom Caucus, makes a powerful case for the necessity of the ICfL to withdraw its membership from the ALA by exposing the organization's Marxist […]
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Medicaid spending is driven by enrollment; cost control hinges on promoting self-reliance

By Niklas Kleinworth
July 14, 2023
The 2024 fiscal year will feature a $4.7 billion price tag for Idaho’s medical welfare program — Medicaid. This is the largest budget in the program’s history, costing over $1 billion more than just two years ago. Bureaucrats are trying to shift the narrative by pinning the ballooning Medicaid budget to the rising cost of […]
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Montana Library Commission cuts ties with Marxist-led American Library Association; Idaho should too

By Anna Miller
July 13, 2023
The Montana State Library Commission recently voted to break all ties with the Marxist-led American Library Association (ALA). The decision is emblematic of the corruption of public and school libraries across the country which are increasingly exposing children to obscene materials. State and local efforts to reform libraries are undercut when national groups control and […]
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Ending the fentanyl crisis requires impeaching President Biden

By Fred Birnbaum
July 11, 2023
Let’s start by agreeing with Gov. Brad Little that the proliferation of fentanyl is a grave threat to the health, safety, and general well-being of Idahoans.  As the Idaho website on fentanyl, Fentanyl Takes All, points out, “For the first time in US history, over 100,000 Americans have died of drug overdoses in a single […]
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The Maternal Mortality Review Committee was an unnecessary waste of tax dollars

By Brian Almon
July 10, 2023
During the last legislative session, the Idaho Freedom Foundation helped convince a House committee not to extend the Maternal Mortality Review Committee. This was only possible because the original bill creating the board in 2019 included a three-year sunset provision, which expired at the end of June. Local media predictably lamented the expiration. “Idaho is […]
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Pride in America

By Brian Almon
July 5, 2023
In late April, as the legislative session was wrapping up, IFF president Wayne Hoffman suggested that we spend the month highlighting figures who faced censure and cancellation because they stood up for traditional American values. We thought it would be a wholesome alternative to a month dedicated to celebrating sexual preferences. Over the next few […]
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