Senate Bill 1418 – Department of Health and Welfare, Medicaid

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Bill description: Department of Health and Welfare, Medicaid Fiscal Year 2021 appropriation  Rating: -1 No program is as large nor is as big a threat to the fiscal health of Idaho as the state’s Medicaid program.  In Fiscal Year 1999, total Medicaid was appropriated $533 million. In Fiscal Year 2018, the appropriation was $2.3 billion. That number climbed to $2.45 …

Senate Bill 1415 – Department of Health and Welfare, public health

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Bill description: Department of Health and Welfare, Public Health FY21 appropriation Rating: -1 Analysis: This budget contains two problematic line items.  The first is the Health Care Policy Initiative (HPI), which is being dissolved and the money shifted to Public Health. From page 2-65 of the FY21 LBB, “The HPI Program was established in 2015 to administer the State Healthcare …

Our moral divide and natural law

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By Dr. John M. Livingston | Medical Policy Adviser In my opinion, our American people are more divided today by moral philosophy and politics than they have been at any other time including the Civil War.  Both sides of the political spectrum know what they believe, but care little about what those who differ from them believe. Furthermore, few on …

Senate Bill 1381 – STEM Action Center

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Rating:  -1 Bill description: STEM Action Center Fiscal Year 2021 appropriation  The Science, Technology, Engineering and Math Action Center was created in 2015 with House Bill 302. The rationale for the STEM Action Center was to promote the expansion of student engagement in STEM. It was unnecessary for the state to create a separate government entity for STEM, rather than …

House passes property tax relief bill

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Taxpayers, help could soon be on the way.  On Tuesday, the Idaho House of Representatives passed House Bill 409, a measure to freeze property tax budgets all for non-school taxing districts in Idaho.  The bill cleared the House on a 46 to 23 vote, with several moderate Republicans joining all House Democrats to oppose the measure.  Rep. Mike Moyle, R-Eagle, …

House Bill 461 — Tenant property removal

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Analysts: Lindsay Atkinson and Alli Megal Bill description: HB 461 amends Idaho Code to provide a specific timeframe for removing personal property after a court orders a tenant to leave a rental property via issuance of an eviction judgment. Rating: +1 Does it give government any new, additional, or expanded power to prohibit, restrict, or regulate activities in the free …