2014 session: 97 appropriation bills, $6.7 billion in spending

Parrish Miller Government Transparency, Government Waste, Tax Policy

The following list shows the total dollar amount of appropriations for fiscal year 2015 voted for by each member of the Legislature during the 2014 legislative session. For fiscal year 2015, there were 97 appropriation bills signed into law. Combined, they totaled $6,694,176,800 ($6.7 billion) in appropriations. While some legislators (17 to be exact) voted in favor of every single …

The Modern-Day Mercantilism Act

Mitch Coffman Tax Policy

Ronald M. Nate, Ph.D. Economics professor, and Idaho Freedom Foundation Board of Scholars Phone: 208-403-3609 The “Marketplace Fairness Act” allows states to collect sales taxes from online out-of-state retailers who sell products to residents of their states. Its advertised objective is to restore fairness because brick-and-mortar businesses must collect sales taxes, while competing with out-of-state businesses that don’t. It may …

Here’s to a happy New Year

Wayne Hoffman Tax Policy

Here’s to a happy New Year. Maybe that’s easy for me to say; I’m not among the people who thought the world was coming to an end on Dec 21. If you’re surprised to still be here, or that mankind still inhabits a spinning little blue ball in space, maybe your outlook on life isn’t as good as mine. Or …

Letter to Gov. Butch Otter on implementing a health exchange in Idaho and Medicaid Expansion

Mitch Coffman Healthcare, Tax Policy

Dear Governor Otter: I’m writing this letter to encourage you to continue your opposition to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA). It is our belief that the state has not fully exhausted its legislative and legal remedies, and we believe there are opportunities ahead—but only if states continue their opposition to the creation of a federally-compliant state health …

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 …