Fiscal Fridays with Fred

April 24, 2021
Fiscal Fridays with Fred: State set to waste $40 million in an unbelievable way
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April 20, 2021
Fiscal Fridays with Fred: Playing politics with Lt. Gov. Janice McGeachin's budget

Hello, Idahoans. And welcome to another Fiscal Fridays with Fred. I want to talk to you about a tale of two budgets, the budget for lieutenant governor's office and the budget for Medicaid. Now, I know what you're thinking: completely unrelated. Why even bring these two in one conversation? The reason I want to do […]

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April 9, 2021
Fiscal Fridays with Fred: What happens after lawmakers kill a budget bill?

Lawmakers have one job each year: Set a budget. What happens, then, when a spending proposal for this agency or that agency fails in the House or Senate? Idaho Freedom Foundation Legislative Affairs Director Fred Birnbaum explains using a real-life example from the 2021 legislative session. Have a budget question you'd like Fred to answer? […]

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April 5, 2021
Fiscal Fridays with Fred: How a federal grant could advance social justice teaching in Idaho
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March 19, 2021
Fiscal Fridays with Fred: How to tell if your lawmakers are big spenders

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March 12, 2021
Fiscal Fridays with Fred: Another look at the problematic higher education budget

Tell Idaho lawmakers to vote against the higher education budget, which would do next to nothing to address the rise of social justice programming on Idaho's college campuses. Sign the petition at

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March 5, 2021
Fiscal Fridays with Fred: The truth about social justice spending in the higher ed budget
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February 26, 2021
Fiscal Fridays with Fred: Grant would give millions to pro-social justice nonprofit

Here's the analysis for House Bill 226.

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February 19, 2021
Understand all the tax relief options on the table in the Statehouse
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February 16, 2021
Understanding federal dollars flowing into Idaho
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