Urban renewal will mean higher taxes, unlimited government in Shoshone County

Erik Makrush Role of Government, Statism, Urban Renewal

On May 21, Shoshone County voters will be asked to create an urban renewal agency. Voters are told that doing so will not raise taxes. This is simply not accurate. Idaho Freedom Foundation has studied urban renewal throughout Idaho, and in no instance has urban renewal been used without some impact to taxpayers. Urban renewal diverts taxpayer money to projects …

Teen Unemployment and the Minimum Wage

Parrish Miller Nanny state, Reports and Studies, Role of Government, Statism

Unemployment is a major topic of concern throughout the nation, but one aspect of this issue often overlooked is the plight facing teens. While Idaho’s overall unemployment rate remains uncomfortably high, Idaho’s teen unemployment rate is several times higher. In addition to this disturbingly high unemployment rate, teens are facing reduced hours and many have abandoned the goal of employment …

Texting ban would create legal enigma

Wayne Hoffman Nanny state, Role of Government, Statism

One of the more curious legacies of the 2012 legislative session will likely be Senate Bill 1274, the bill to ban texting while driving. The bill passed the Senate 29-6 and the House 53-17. The bill is awaiting Gov. Butch Otter’s signature. Legislators passed this texting ban in an attempt to answer a cry from constituents to “do something” about …

Tobacco taxes lead to other nanny government taxes

Wayne Hoffman Nanny state, Statism, Tax Policy

A legislator who is willing to vote for higher tobacco taxes in the name of public health, for consistency sake, also has to support new taxes on other products that now have the attention of nanny government activists. The objective to add common food products to the list under government control was on display in an article in the journal …

Idaho policymakers can learn from Obama

Wayne Hoffman Government Waste, Role of Government, Statism, Tax Policy

Barack Obama is quickly becoming my favorite president. I’m not kidding. Since taking office, President Obama has provided so many freemarket “teachable moments”—more than even he is aware—and such moments are starting to resonate with Idaho policymakers who are quick to insist that Washington, D.C., is so not Idaho. Take the federal government’s $535 million loan guarantee to the now-bankrupt …