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: Senate Bill 1135 appropriates $10,604,100 and 71.50 full-time positions to the Department of Insurance for fiscal year 2024.
With the exception of the statewide human resources consolidation initiative, this is a true maintenance of the operations budget, featuring no line items or supplementals. There are also no changes in the number of full-time positions within the agency.
Is the maintenance budget inappropriate for the needs of the state, the size of the agency, or the inflationary environment of the economy? Conversely, is the maintenance budget appropriate given the needs of the state and economic pressures?
This legislation sets the maintenance budget for the Department of Insurance at $10,637,800, only growing from the base by 8.9% over the last three years. This rate is five percentage points slower than the rate of inflation over the same period, demonstrating acceptable growth in the cost to maintain the agency.