Medicaid in Idaho: More costly now than nearly the entire state budget from 10 years ago

Dustin Hurst Headlines, Uncategorized

[post_thumbnail]Idaho’s Medicaid budget is now more costly than nearly the entire state budget from 10 years ago. Medicaid, the government-run health program, which is split in cost about 30-70 between the state and the federal government, continues to grow, adding millions of dollars to taxpayers’ backs each year. The program is a social health care safety net for families and …

AG opinion influences House committee to back off from bill curtailing EPA in Idaho

Idaho Freedom Foundation staff Headlines, Uncategorized

[post_thumbnail] Rep. Paul Shepherd, R-Riggins, would like to see the power of the EPA curtailed in Idaho. A bill to curtail the power and impact of the federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) while at the same time empowering the state Legislature to oversee more environmental policy has been returned to the House Resources and Conservation Committee and will probably not …

Senate approves eliminating little-known retirement program

Idaho Freedom Foundation staff Headlines, Uncategorized

The Idaho Senate has unanimously approved a bill that seeks to eliminate a little known taxpayer-funded retirement system. Known simply as the Supplemental Retirement System, House Bill 397 would repeal the retirement program devoted exclusively to the widows of Idaho governors and members of Idaho’s congressional delegation. “In 1975 the Idaho Legislature was feeling especially generous,” said Sen. Todd Lakey, …

35-34: House passes bill imposing more restrictions on payday lenders

Idaho Freedom Foundation staff Headlines, Uncategorized

[post_thumbnail] Rep, Julie VanOrden, R-Pingree, presented a bill to the full House imposing more restrictions on payday loans. The Idaho House Monday narrowly passed a measure intended to expand regulations on the state’s payday lenders. Senate Bill 1314, which was approved in the Senate earlier this, passed by a vote of 35 to 34. Should it become law, the bill …

Legislative committee told taking on the feds over control of land in Idaho is not going to be easy

Idaho Freedom Foundation staff Headlines, Uncategorized

Members of the Idaho Legislature’s Federal Lands Interim Committee were told Friday the possibility of transferring to state control the approximately 32 million acres of land within the Gem State that are currently under the control of the federal government will be extremely difficult. Such an undertaking, they heard, will require lots of strategic planning best accomplished with small, incremental …

State ranking group faults Idaho for PERSI accounting, preferential tax incentives to attract business

Idaho Freedom Foundation staff Headlines, Uncategorized

[post_thumbnail] Rep. Jeff Thompson, left, R-Idaho Falls, and Sen. Dan Schmidt, right, D-Moscow, attended a Tuesday meeting featuring tax policy experts. Both sit on the Joint Finance-Appropriations Committee. Idaho has done relatively well at growing its economy during the past several years, and its future economic outlook is almost as strong as its immediate past performance. But, according to the …