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 >>
State driver’s license data shows the trend started in 2011, and while the number is relatively small in a population of almost
Dan Popkey reports: Gov. Butch Otter is rejecting the notion that a projected $162 million in surprise revenue means the 2014 Legislature should boost spending growth.
Otter said he’s “bound and determined that the government is not going to grow … Read more >>
Dan Popkey reports: Gov. Butch Otter is rejecting the notion that a projected $162 million in unexpected revenue means the 2014 Legislature should aim to boost spending.
Otter said he’s “bound and determined that the government is not going to … Read more >>
Dan Popkey reports: Former chief state economist Mike Ferguson’s analysis of the big jump in revenues for the year’s most important month means the 2014 Legislature will have $162 million more than contemplated when lawmakers adjourned early last month. That … Read more >>
Molly Messick reports: Not long ago, Sen. John Tippets (R-Montpelier) found himself in a peculiar spot. This summer and fall, influential lawmakers and the Idaho Association of Commerce and Industry made it clear that phasing out or eliminating Idaho’s … Read more >>
George Prentice reports: There are very few Idahoans who can speak with great authority about Gem State spending. Mike Ferguson is at the top of the list. After more than a quarter of a century serving Republican and Democratic … Read more >>
Molly Messick and Emilie Ritter Saunders report: In 2011, more than 53,000 Idaho companies paid the business personal property tax. Half of those businesses paid less than $90.
Who stands to benefit from getting rid of the tax? Click
Michael Ferguson Reader’s View: Now that the election is over, we have an answer on the Students Come First laws. Hopefully, we will see a renewed commitment to collaboration among the various stakeholders in this most important of our … Read more >>
Idaho Statesman Editorial: Let’s restate what should be the obvious: Idaho’s schools are hardly flush with money.
Idaho’s per-pupil spending remains mired at next to the last in the nation, exceeding only Utah.
The state’s K-12 budget is still … Read more >>
Mike Vogel reports: The Nampa school district recommends another levy to make up for a shortfall of several million dollars. The district is teetering on the edge of its own financial cliff. That has a lot of parents asking what’s … Read more >>
Molly Messick reports: Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter said today that he expects a difficult legislative session. He spoke at the Associated Taxpayers of Idaho’s annual conference. The session will be a hard one, Otter said, “because of the decisions … Read more >>
Betsy Russell reports: When Gov. Butch Otter asked for questions at the end of his luncheon speech to the Associated Taxpayers of Idaho today, the first one came from former longtime state chief economist Mike Ferguson. “Do you believe that … Read more >>
Now that the election is over, we have an answer on the Students Come First laws. Hopefully we will see a renewed commitment to collaboration among the various stakeholders in this most important of our state’s responsibilities.
Two critically … Read more >>
Emilie Ritter Saunders reports a recent report by the non-partisan research organization Center on Budget Policy and Priorities says education cuts in Idaho have been among the deepestin the nation over the last five years.
In response to new census data that shows Idaho ranking second to last in the nation in per-pupil spending for the second straight year, … Read more >>
Idaho State Journal editorial: Fortunately, funding for schools is not the most important factor in education, according to a spokesperson for the State Department of Education.
Good to know. Otherwise, some parents and other adults in Idaho could worry … Read more >>
Betsy Russell reports Idaho’s school spending per pupil ranks second-worst in the nation for a second straight year, according to the latest figures from the U.S. census, while Washington’s is 32nd, down from last year’s ranking of 31st.
Washington education officials … Read more >>
Betsy Russell reports Idaho’s school spending per pupil ranks 50th in the nation for a second straight year, according to the latest figures from the U.S. Census, while Washington’s is 32nd, one place worse than last year’s ranking of … Read more >>
Julie Wootton reports after three unsuccessful attempts at passing a supplemental levy, the Buhl School District plans to give it another try.
“We need to have more money to balance the budget,” Superintendent Byron Stutzman said.
Voters will likely … Read more >>
Molly Messick reports: You might not guess it, if you happened to pass through, but tiny Rockland, Idaho, population 318, is a place of distinction. The town has no grocery store. Its gas station is just a couple of … Read more >>
Times – News Editorial: As you’ve likely noticed, sometimes stories, quotations and events are not nearly as newsworthy — or entertaining — as the reaction that those things receive from others.
Such is certainly the case with a 20-page report
When Mike Ferguson was appointed chief economist for the state of Idaho in 1984, he was 34 years old. He went on to serve six governors, monitoring the state’s revenue streams and producing
D.F. Oliveria reports: An Idaho Falls Post Register editorial points out how eager Idaho conservatives are to fight Obamacare as a violation of the U.S. Constitution. It then goes on to ask if those same conservatives are as eager to … Read more >>
Huckleberries Online reports: Before he got elected to the U.S. Senate, Jim Risch served a few months as Idaho governor. Lieutenant governor at the time, Risch rose to the job in mid-2006 when Dirk Kempthorne got the nod to serve … Read more >>
Sounds nice. But what if we’re just lying to ourselves?
A new report reaches a surprising and damning conclusion: Idahoans simply … Read more >>
Emilie Ritter Saunders reports The Idaho Center for Fiscal Policy released a report last week questioning the constitutionality of Idaho’s education funding system. Director of the center and former longtime chief state economist Mike Ferguson authored the report. Two … Read more >>
This year, 81 school districts have a voter-approved supplemental levy issue in place. That’s nearly 70 percent of the state’s 117 districts, … Read more >>
Now that decision is starting to reverse itself, without … Read more >>
Betsy Russell reports Idaho’s former longtime chief state economist, Mike Ferguson, released a 20-page report today on public school funding that reaches a series of startling conclusions, including that Idaho’s current school funding system may be violating two key provisions … Read more >>
Michael Ferguson reports that, to hear supporters tell it, tax cuts are the answer to all that ails Idaho and will launch a golden era of commerce and employment growth. But if you asked them for proof, they’d have a … Read more >>
Gary Crooks reports that, on Friday, Spokesman-Review columnist Shawn Vestal explored Olympia’s budgetary shell games, finding that both parties use gimmicks to avoid some spending cuts. In Boise, the game is played differently, with the goal being greater spending … Read more >>
D. F. Oliveria reports: It’s good for you when Idaho Republicans cut $35.7 million from the tax burden borne by the state’s corporations and richest citizens. At least, that’s what they say. “It lowers taxes in the state of
Idaho Press-Tribune editorial: Last year, the Idaho Legislature cut $35 million from Medicaid funding to balance the budget. With the loss of matching federal funds, the total increased to $108 million.
Now that budget projections are more optimistic for … Read more >>
Molly Messick reports this evening at the Statehouse, the Economic Outlook and Revenue Assessment Committee (EORAC) meets to discuss an important number: its revenue forecast. Just as the governor bases his budget on a revenue estimate, so does the … Read more >>
Molly Messick reports the Idaho Center for Fiscal Policy unveiled its website today. The center describes itself as a “non-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to providing our state’s citizens and elected officials with fact-based information and analysis to help make … Read more >>
Emilie Ritter Saunders reports Tuesday afternoon a group of lawmakers will pick a number that could have a big effect on Idahoans. The Economic Outlook and Revenue Assessment Committee (EORAC) will choose a revenue estimate. It’s the number that … Read more >>
Betsy Russell reports Idaho’s former state chief economist Mike Ferguson estimates that the $35 million in state funds cut from Medicaid this year – which with federal matching funds adds up to $100 million – had a direct impact of eliminating … Read more >>
Mitch Coffman reports arlier this week, presentations were given in the Senate Local Government and Taxation Committee regarding the repeal of the personal property tax. The hearing was to receive input on the Entin Study, commissioned by the Idaho … Read more >>
Mike Butts reports Idaho’s $35 million in Medicaid cuts have not saved the state money, have eliminated thousands of jobs, put pressure on law enforcement operations and hurt individual residents, according to a panel that met Wednesday to discuss … Read more >>
Molly Messick reports Medicaid recipients, their advocates and service providers want to drive home the point that cuts to the program have real effects for individuals and communities. At a roundtable discussion this morning they called for a restoration of … Read more >>
Mike Butts reports Mike Ferguson, director of the Idaho Center for Fiscal Policy, talks about the impact of Idaho’s Medicaid cuts at a forum on Wednesday, Jan. 18 in Boise.… Read more >>
Bill Roberts reports it’s not the several thousand dollars in tax that Kevin Settles pays on the so-called personal property in his restaurants that rankles him. It’s having to keep records on that property — every chair, stapler, computer and … Read more >>