David Adler opines: Aristotle, the great champion of the citizenry’s views, observed that if you really want to understand what a state values, observe how it spends its money. In an age in which politicians of every stripe … Read more >>
The Times-News opines: Idaho state government and technology contracts don’t mix.
Yet another instance of cronyism surfaced last week, exposing the state’s broken system of insider favor and political gift giving.
It’s the worst form of government, one … Read more >>
Betsy Russell reports Idaho’s tax burden per capita is 49th lowest in the nation, according to the latest results from an annual study by the Idaho State Tax Commission, and it’s the lowest among 11 western states. The … Read more >>
Last week, Executive Director Amy Dowd awarded a $375,000 technology contract to former board member Frank Chan.
Chan … Read more >>
The Times-News reports: State Board of Education member Bill Goesling ripped into Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Luna’s budget proposal on Thursday, calling the 5.9 percent spending increase “unacceptable.”
Goesling said an increase in public school funding would come … Read more >>
Boise State Public Radioreports: Some Idaho Board of Education members fear a proposed 5.9 percent funding hike for public schools in 2015 could come at the expense of universities.
On Thursday, board member Bill Goesling of Moscow worried the … Read more >>
Clark Corbin reports: A first-term lawmaker is taking on a long-standing and emotional educational battle: pre-kindergarten programs.
Rep. Hy Kloc wants the state to launch a three-year pre-K pilot program, with 55 percent of the funding coming from private … Read more >>
Cecil Andrus receives his Children’s Champion belt Friday in … Read more >>
Michael Ferguson opines: Kudos to Governor Otter for his courageous embrace of his education task force’s recommendations. With an estimated price tag of approximately $350 million, those recommendations will go a long way toward restoring cuts that have … Read more >>
Betsy Russell reports: Idaho’s state tax revenue surged nearly $16 million ahead of forecasts in September, beating the forecasted level by 6.4 percent. The extra revenue was enough to more than offset shortfalls compared to forecasts for the … Read more >>