Bill description: SB 1330 establishes a government program called the Idaho Extended Employment Services Program.
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 1330 codifies a government program under the State Board of Education called the Idaho Extended Employment Services Program, which is intended to provide long-term job coaching services and short-term training services for individuals with disabilities.
Does it increase government redistribution of wealth? Examples include the use of tax policy or other incentives to reward specific interest groups, businesses, politicians, or government employees with special favors or perks; transfer payments; and hiring additional government employees. Conversely, does it decrease government redistribution of wealth?
Extended employment service programs are essentially welfare programs that use taxpayer money to provide special services and subsidies to a small subset of Idahoans. Rather than allowing the free market to provide employment opportunities that make sense based on the individual and their skills and abilities, these government programs subsidize training, transportation, and coaching. Their costs, on a per-person basis, often exceed the earning potential of the individual being trained, transported, and coached.
Analyst’s Note: SB 1330 originally placed this new government program under the Idaho Division of Vocational Rehabilitation. The heavily amended version of the bill (on 3/10) places the program under the State Board of Education.