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2019

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Lockdown to liberty: How to help Idahoans trying to rebuild their lives

Idaho law currently sets up a bleak “out” for many Idahoans with criminal records, especially related to the chance of pursuing their desired occupations. Released prisoners should not be shackled to their past through all of their future pursuits. Yet Idaho has hundreds of shackles, all imposed through the language of law.

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Higher education in crisis: How administrative growth puts degrees out of reach for Idaho students and what to do about it

Tens of thousands of Idaho students see a four-year degree as a
stepping stone to economic security. High costs derail students
from finishing their degrees, or leave them loaded with debt as
they launch their careers.

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The pain is real: How to alleviate suffering caused by Idaho's worst tax 

Property taxes are becoming a big problem for Idahoans of all stripes. 

This report reveals what's driving property tax growth and what to do about the problem.

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Are you kidding me, Boise? 

IFF’s “Are You Kidding Me, Boise?” report showcases five problematic patterns behind the hefty spending, and how Boise can cut its waste. Our report dissects more than $144 million spent by Boise, but the patterns of spending are applicable to all local governments.

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Broken ladder: Why Idaho lawmakers need to replace the Career Ladder (Revised September 2019)

The Career Ladder has been the focus of much debate in state government, but few people have a full understanding of what it is, what it does, and how it helps determine teacher salaries.

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Objections to Common Core

Idaho is hearing public comment on the Idaho Content Standards, more commonly known as Common Core. This document outlines specific reasons many Idahoans object to Common Core Standards in Idaho. There is one section of general objections, followed by specific objections to Common Core English Language Arts, Math, and Science

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Public comment filed July 10, 2019, on Idaho Content Standards public hearing review

Idahoans are frustrated with stagnant student test scores, high school students unprepared for college, and curriculum updated with inflexible Common Core Standards, which haven’t yielded the promised results.

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Boise spend: Understanding Boise's proposed 2020 budget

In 2020, the city of Boise proposes to spend $764.7 million. Most of that money will come from you, your neighbors, and your fellow Boiseans.

So let’s talk about how your money ends up with the city, and how the government plans to spend your dollars. .

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Socialism in Idaho schools

The Idaho Freedom Foundation compiled these quotes from curricula in an Idaho Curricular Materials Regional Center. Read for yourself: Some Idaho textbooks distort—whether by omission or one-sided narratives—basic economic principles and social issues.

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Let’s provide a better future for Idaho’s kids

Giving students a thorough education is a lofty promise and a worthy goal. However, student performance at Idaho schools has stagnated, meaning Idaho’s promise remains unfulfilled.

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2018

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Blockchain & Government

Blockchain technology has the potential to radically transform the role of government in areas as diverse as welfare, voting, and business regulation. In some areas, blockchain technology can streamline government services, thereby reducing the deadweight-loss in the economy and in our lives. In other areas, blockchain technology can completely eliminate the need for government intervention.

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Medicaid expansion: A fiscal train wreck headed for Idaho

Last year, the debate whether to expand Medicaid, through Proposition 2, was devoid of discussion about the growth of traditional Medicaid in Idaho. The true cost of expansion was not discussed either. Prop 2’s ballot language failed to include a cost for expansion nor possible funding mechanisms. Let’s review the expansion of Medicaid over the last two decades to give us a sense of what is to come.

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Making welfare work without government

Have you ever wondered how to make welfare more than a government handout? Have you ever wished people would freely invest in others’ lives and journeys, rather than leave it all to the government? Have you ever thought private, voluntary charity could do better than government welfare programs?

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Spending comparison of public education, Medicaid, & transportation

Which spending category is growing the fastest? The answer might surprise you.

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2017

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Roadmap for Idaho

How do we solve the most important challenges facing Idaho? With common-sense conservative solutions. You'll find those in IFF's Roadmap for Idaho, an in-depth look at how to fix transportation, trim the state budget, and provide serious tax relief to families and small businesses.

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Projected Fiscal Year 2019 General Fund revenue surplus

Does Idaho have the money to repeal the tax on your groceries?

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2016

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The 2017 Taxpayers Budget

A conservative budget can cover critical government services and provide serious tax relief.

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Idaho solutions?: A preliminary analysis of Idaho's use (and misuse) of selected federal grants

Every year, Idaho receives millions of dollars in grants from the federal government. While proponents often portray these grants as “free money” for Idaho, they are far from it.

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10 answers to common questions about public land transfer

You have questions about public land transfer. Luckily, we have answers.

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History lessons: Local organizations can provide care for the poor

Policymakers should consider fostering the growth of voluntary, private organizations that are historically proven to help lift people out of poverty, help the poor save for emergencies, and connect individuals with doctors and clinics. At the same time, policymakers must understand that the government must not play a central role in the delivery of charitable services. The best role is to play no role at all.

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Economic conditions and their impact on Idaho

Economic signals are mixed to negative, suggesting that fiscal caution is in order. Increasing general fund appropriation greater than the 4.9 percent projected revenue growth may require large corrections in state fiscal year 2017.

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2013

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2013 Idaho Report on Government Waste

This is our fourth report on Idaho government expenditures. As always, we don't expect that you'll agree with everything you read, but we hope it will make you think. For all of our conversations about how "the government that governs best governs least," we sure do have a lot of governing going on in Idaho. Every single dollar that government spends is money that could have been spent in the private sector.

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