February 27, 2020

Budget Freezes Don’t Guarantee Tax Cuts

Budget Freezes Don't Guarantee Tax Cuts

No one likes property taxes. I don’t like them. I’m betting you don’t like them, too. They’re an imperfect way to pay for services a community needs, like roads, schools, and snow removal. The fact that they’re unpopular is exactly why the Idaho House moved yesterday to implement a one-year budget freeze on all taxing districts except for schools. It …

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February 7, 2019

Budget Decisions Under a Microscope

Boise Capitol

Yesterday, I sat through one of the most intense budget hearings of the session. Over the last few months, there’s been a lot of focus on education and healthcare in Idaho. But Wednesday morning (you can download video from the hearing) I got a deep dive into our Department of Corrections. Director Josh Tewalt’s opening remarks were startling. Over 77% of …

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