A bill now pending in the Senate would subvert the will of the people, who overwhelmingly supported Medicaid expansion in November. It would mean more total government spending, and it would create a secondary insurance coverage gap filled with unknown thousands of Idahoans.
Legislation pending in the Senate would create a permanent council to monitor and review policies dealing with federal lands in Idaho. It’s poorly constructed, poorly thought through and has ignored public input. Senators should reject it and go back to the drawing board.
Rep. Chad Christensen appears not to understand what it means to be a lawmaker. Taking his office too lightly, he abused it this week.
The Idaho Supreme Court made abundantly clear this week that there is no constitutional issue with Medicaid expansion.
We are now — finally — getting a more complete picture of why the state government is so reluctant to disclose the drugs it uses to administer lethal injections in death penalty cases and where it gets those.
Idaho State Police has persistently refused to release the name of the trooper who shot Jesse Quinton. This refusal undermines public confidence in the incident investigation and deprives the public of their right to know about the actions of their government.
Idaho’s new governor, Brad Little, was impressive in his first State of the State address. The vision he laid out for the legislative session was comprehensive, detailed and proposed a number of sensible, pragmatic solutions to problems facing the state.
Since the Great Recession forced steep, painful cuts to the state’s education system, state officials have done a remarkable job of getting back on track. At times, the Legislature has perhaps moved too slowly, but it’s moved consistently, which is the harder thing to do. Getting a majority …
Idaho continues to have a major shortfall in infrastructure spending, which, as former Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter regularly pointed out, is simply deficit spending. No money to maintain a road when it needs it means you spend about 10 times more to replace it later.
Lawmakers have endeavored to eliminate the tax on groceries in past years, only to be thwarted by former Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter’s veto pen. Gov. Brad Little is a vocal supporter of the idea, giving hope that soon Idahoans won’t be taxed for this basic necessity.
At present, a driver talking on a handheld phone while going down Highway 91 would be on the wrong side of the law while passing through Idaho Falls and Pocatello (and, soon perhaps, Blackfoot as well), but on the right side of the law elsewhere. Phone your mom while driving in Butte County,…
With Sen. Bob Corker stepping aside, Sen. Jim Risch is expected to become the next chairman of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations. The former Idaho pro tem, lieutenant governor, governor and two-term U.S senator will soon become one of the most important voices in American foreign policy.
The Idaho Division of Veterans Services lists six central values it aims to uphold: compassion for all, unending accountability, absolute integrity, outstanding communication, dignity for everyone and unconditional honesty. The administrator of that division, former state Sen. Marv Hagedorn,…
Much of the case against Proposition 2, which would expand Medicaid to cover 62,000 working poor, has been dominated by distractions. And that’s true of the peculiar molehill the Idaho Freedom Foundation attempted to make a mountain of last week.
Tuesday’s Idaho Falls School District 91 bond election leaves you with a sense of déjà vu. When the all the votes were counted, the proportion who supported building a new high school was identical, down to two decimal points, to the outcome in November: 58.44 percent.
Sparks flew at the most recent Idaho Falls Auditorium District (IFAD) meeting, held late last month.
The city council is sitting on a savings account of over $6 million. The tricky thing is, that “savings account” is foregone tax money still in Idaho Falls residents’ pockets.