The Idaho Spending Index serves to provide a fiscally conservative perspective on state budgeting while providing an unbiased measurement of how Idaho lawmakers apply these values to their voting behavior on appropriations bills. Each bill is analyzed within the context of the metrics below. They receive one (+1) point for each metric that is satisfied by freedom-focused policymaking and lose one (-1) point for each instance in which the inverse is true. The sum of these points composes the score for the bill.
Analyst: Niklas Kleinworth
Bill Description: House Bill 360 is a trailer appropriation for House Bill 149 that transfers a total of $207,500 to the Idaho State Police and the Supreme Court.
House Bill 360 appropriates a total of $107,500, with $7,500 ongoing to the Idaho State Police and another $100,000 to the Idaho Supreme Court for a new records system. This legislation is a trailer appropriation for House Bill 149, a bill to allow for minor, non-violent, and non-sexual offenses to be sealed public records. The Idaho State Police and the Idaho Supreme Court are requesting this funding to purchase new software to manage requests for sealing these records.
Does this budget incur any wasteful spending among discretionary funds, including new line items? Conversely, does this budget contain any provisions that serve to reduce spending where possible (i.e. base reductions, debt reconciliation, etc.)?
This appropriation is consistent with the fiscal note accompanying House Bill 149 and makes the appropriations effective in fiscal year 2024. There is no evidence of wastefulness in this appropriation.
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