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 …

Boise City Council votes to hike property tax budget amidst calls for relief

Dustin Hurst Articles, SMART Boise Leave a Comment

Boise taxpayers delivered a clear, unmistakable message to Boise Mayor Lauren McLean and the city council at Tuesday night’s public hearing on next year’s budget: Stop spending and provide real property tax relief.  On Tuesday evening, McLean’s budget cleared the first hurdle to final passage. The budget hikes property taxes by 1.6% overall, a $2.6 million increase in raw dollars.  …

McLean launches Green New Deal for Boise

Fred Birnbaum Articles, Boise, SMART Boise Leave a Comment

Last week, Boise Mayor Lauren McLean announced the formation of a Climate Action Division, because, as the first-term mayor explained, “the risk to all Boiseans of climate inaction is substantial.”  The mayor’s goals are lofty: She wants Boise’s city government buildings to rely solely on power generated by solar panels, wind turbines, and hydroelectric dams. That shift, the mayor believes, …

Boise’s ‘Green New Deal’ is a disaster in the making

Parrish Miller Articles, SMART Boise Leave a Comment

Back in the halcyon days of 2019, a New York congressional representative introduced a legislative proposal dubbed the “Green New Deal.” Widely panned, the ambitious package of fanciful schemes imagined a world devoid of air travel and cows, among other things. Impractical in the extreme, this idealistic vision nevertheless took root in a minority of left-wing extremists who, even today, …

Boise budget proposes big spending on social justice agenda

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The city of Boise’s latest proposed budget contains a number of spending items that should raise the eyebrows of anyone who advocates small government and fiscal restraint. The proposed budget also contains a number of proposals that are not the proper role of government in a free society. The mayor’s proposed budget allocates $200,000 for “Accessibility Improvements.” Though the budget …