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Ed choice myth No. 4: There is inadequate oversight of education choice programs

By Kaitlyn Shepherd
January 24, 2022
These excerpts were taken from “Myth-Educated: Debunking common education choice misconceptions in Idaho.” Read our full analysis online at: https://idahofreedom.org/research/myth-educated/.  Fact: Education choice programs can be designed with transparency and accountability measures in place so that parents are accountable for their expenditures. “In reality, there are several ways that education choice programs can be structured […]
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Lawmakers race through pricey proposals to advance Little’s agenda

By Wayne Hoffman
January 20, 2022
This is my 28th legislative session, and I’ve seen legislation greased for passage when there’s a need for speed (as in an emergency) or when there’s a rush to get out of town near the end of the session . A bill can be introduced, pass the Legislature, and be signed by the governor in […]
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Iowa gets singled out for ‘bold’ tax relief while Idahoans make do with high rates

By Wayne Hoffman
January 20, 2022
There’s a reason I wrote that the first order of every legislative session is to cut taxes. The money being taken from us is our money. We earned it. But collectively, we are being robbed of it.  Gov. Brad Little’s income tax proposal is welcome news, as I said previously, but it just is not […]
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Education choice generates massive cost savings for taxpayers, according to new study

By Kaitlyn Shepherd
January 19, 2022
Policymakers and taxpayers no longer have to wonder whether passing and implementing an education choice program could generate fiscal benefits for citizens. A recent study by Martin F. Lueken, director of the Fiscal Research and Education Center at EdChoice, shows that education choice programs from around the country have generated between $12.4 billion and $28.3 […]
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Idahoans could do much better than Little’s tax plan

By Wayne Hoffman
January 17, 2022
The first mission of every legislative session should be to cut taxes, and Gov. Brad Little’s proposal to cut income taxes is certainly welcome, but it’s hardly the best Idaho can do this year.  Several Idaho lawmakers have some really good ideas for dramatically cutting taxes. They want to push property taxes to near zero, […]
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Education myth No. 3: Public schools are held accountable while private schools are not

By Kaitlyn Shepherd
January 17, 2022
These excerpts were taken from “Myth-Educated: Debunking common education choice misconceptions in Idaho.” Read our full analysis online at: https://idahofreedom.org/research/myth-educated/.  Fact: Private schools are accountable to parents and the public, while public schools lack democratic, financial, and academic accountability. “As stakeholders in their children’s education, parents can withdraw their children and enroll them elsewhere if […]
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Brad Little’s budget boasts 17.1% spending increase, not 8.1%

By Fred Birnbaum
January 12, 2022
When Gov. Brad Little took over the reins from Butch Otter, fiscal conservatives were hopeful.  The last four years of Otter’s tenure were marked by the growth of unsustainable spending. For example, Otter requested in Fiscal Year 2019 a 6.6% increase for the general fund, but it ended up being  9.2% because his administration cleverly […]
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Education myth no. 2: Education choice programs defund public schools

By Kaitlyn Shepherd
January 12, 2022
These excerpts were taken from “Myth-Educated: Debunking common education choice misconceptions in Idaho.” Read our full analysis online at: https://idahofreedom.org/research/myth-educated/.   Fact: Giving families money to spend on their children’s education through a choice program does not defund public schools or irreparably harm the remaining students. In fact, forcing families to subsidize public schools their children […]
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Myth 1: Education choice does not benefit rural students

By Kaitlyn Shepherd
January 10, 2022
This excerpt was taken from “Myth-Educated: Debunking common education choice misconceptions in Idaho.” Read IFF's full analysis online at: https://idahofreedom.org/research/myth-educated/.  Fact: Education choice helps rural students who are not adequately served by their local public school by expanding the number of educational opportunities available to them and enabling them to supplement the limited opportunities available […]
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Full text of Gov. Brad Little's 2022 State of the State address

By Idaho Freedom Foundation staff
January 10, 2022
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.   It’s good to deliver this speech back in the chambers. Last year I closed my State of the State address by saying, “In times of hardship, opportunity […]
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