House Bill 280— Vaping in a vehicle

Josh D'Orazio 2019 House bill ratings, Uncategorized

Bill description: HB 280 would establish a penalty for individuals who smoke or vape in a vehicle with a minor present. Rating: -1 Does it directly or indirectly create or increase penalties for victimless crimes or non-restorative penalties for non-violent crimes? Conversely, does it eliminate or decrease penalties for victimless crimes or non-restorative penalties for non-violent crimes? This bill would …

House Bill 267 – Colleges and universities

Fred Birnbaum Uncategorized

The Idaho Budget Index examines appropriation bills on several fronts to add important context to lawmakers’ discussions as they are considered on the floor of the House and Senate. Among the issues we look at in drawing a conclusion about a budget: Does the agency requesting these funds serve a proper role of government? Has wasteful or duplicative spending been …

Idaho needs accountability in education

Fred Birnbaum Articles, Uncategorized

We can all remember when we were kids and asked our parents for something and were turned down. That rejection made us angry at our parents. In the fullness of time, we realize as adults that not yielding to every demand pressed upon us is the natural course of life. As an adult, can anyone imagine saying “yes” to every …

House Bill 146 — Recorder fee increases

Phil Haunschild Uncategorized

Bill description: HB 146 would set a flat fee for the services county recorders provide at $27. Rating: -1 Does it directly or indirectly create or increase any taxes, fees, or other assessments? Conversely, does it eliminate or reduce any taxes, fees, or other assessments? Under current law, county recorders can assess different fees for the many services they provide. …

Gov. Brad Little’s first State of the State address

Idaho Freedom Foundation staff Uncategorized

Mr. Speaker, Mr. Pro Tem, Madam President, honored legislators, my fellow constitutional officers, Mr. Chief Justice and members of the judiciary, my family, friends, and my fellow Idahoans. Before I begin, let me acknowledge our new First Lady, Teresa, and our family – Adam and Angela, and David and Kelsey. A friend of mine refers to his wife as gravity, …

Sniffed out: Boise’s downtown housing incentive program adds to generous subsidies for developers

Lindsay Atkinson Articles, Uncategorized

To spur the creation of housing, the Boise City Council established the Downtown Housing Incentive Program on March 3, 2015. In 2017, the first funding was approved for three housing developments in the downtown area: The Afton 1, The Watercooler, and The Fowler. The problem with this incentive program is: Many other subsidies already exist to incentivize development. The Downtown …