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Senate Bill 1324 — Promise mentor program

Senate Bill 1324 — Promise mentor program

Parrish Miller
February 17, 2020

Bill description: SB 1324 creates a new government program called the Idaho promise mentor program.

Rating: -3

Does it create, expand, or enlarge any agency, board, program, function, or activity of government? Conversely, does it eliminate or curtail the size or scope of government?

SB 1324 creates a new government program under the Idaho State Board of Education called the Idaho promise mentor program.


Does it transfer a function of the private sector to the government? Examples include government ownership or control of any providers of goods or services such as the Land Board’s purchase of a self-storage facility, mandatory emissions testing, or pre-kindergarten. Conversely, does it eliminate a function of government or return a function of government to the private sector?

Private entities, both volunteer and for-profit, already exist to bring together individuals, businesses, and training providers. SB 1324 creates a new government program that will compete with these existing, private sector entities. 


Does it increase government spending (for objectionable purposes) or debt? Conversely, does it decrease government spending or debt?

According to its statement of purpose, SB 1324 will require 14 "compensated membership coordinators" at an estimated cost of three-quarters of a million dollars per year. An additional $140,000 in annual administrative costs is also anticipated. 


Analyst's Note: Our rating of this bill is not altered by amendments made to it on 3/05.

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