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This Week In Idaho Politics
Senators seek path to better jobs, higher wages By Chuck Malloy, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor WHEW 1965 was a long time ago. Lyndon Johnson was president, the Great Society was alive and well, and I was in junior high school with aspirations of becoming a Major League baseball player. I ended up playing in a few beer-drinking slo-pitch softball leagues in my adult life, but unfortunately, big-league scouts were looking elsewhere for talent.
If we just open our eyes, we can see the beauty of the American quilt By Jim Jones As Thanksgiving 2019 becomes a pleasant memory, it is a good time to reflect upon the significance of this important holiday. Families and friends gather to break bread, eat turkey and give thanks for the blessings bestowed on us by our remarkable form of government.
Local option tax is still a flawed idea, still DOA in Boise By Stephen Hartgen The Nov. 5 elections have come and gone, yet we're now hearing the post-mortems that, hey, if you won't agree to raise your own property taxes, how about raising other taxes instead, such as taxes on most everything you buy? Government would get more of your money either way.
Guest opinion: BYU-Idaho is truly thankful this week By Samuel Ruiz and Esther Spencer Rivas, students at BYU-Idaho Students throughout the BYU-Idaho community have something extra to be grateful for this Thanksgiving season. BYU-Idaho recently reinstated Medicaid as an acceptable form of insurance for students, allowing thousands of us to breathe a sigh of relief. This decision came just two weeks after BYU-Idaho's initial policy change that left the student body reeling.
Political news notes: IMD waiver . . . governor's schedule By Idaho Politics Weekly Staff News Release: Reclaim Idaho Backs IMD Waiver. Following months of Idaho lawmakers trying to restrict healthcare access to thousands of Idahoans under Medicaid expansion, residents now have a chance to comment publicly about a proposal that will enhance healthcare options for hundreds, if not thousands, of Idahoans.
Big changes, with more to come, sweep Idaho's newspapers By Stephen Hartgen Newspaper upheaval isn't a topic you'll read about in most newspapers, for at least several reasons: One, despite their constant crowing about "transparency," newspapers are notorious for the privacy of their own internal issues, particularly when it comes to declining circulation, falling revenue and slashed staffing. Nothing to see here, folks; we'll give you scoops on government, but on ourselves, not so much.
IEA checklist goes beyond dollars spent By Chuck Malloy, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor When the Idaho Legislature convenes in a couple of months, we'll be hearing plenty about the budget for public schools, the largest line item on the books. Along the way, we'll hear the usual cries that quality education does not depend on the amount of money spent.
Guest opinion: BYU-Idaho's Medicaid rejection hurts families By Samuel Ruiz & Esther Spencer Rivas, BYU-Idaho students The BYU-Idaho administration recently dropped a bombshell on thousands of students and families. In just a few sentences, they turned the lives of countless families upside down by rejecting Medicaid and Medicaid expansion as healthcare options for students. As you are reading this, students are living on borrowed time until next semester, wondering how to provide healthcare for ourselves and our families.
Guest opinion: Medicaid expansion is throwing thousands off their insurance By Speaker Scott Bedke, Majority Caucus Chair Megan Blanksma, Majority Leader Mike Moyle & Assistant Majority Leader Jason Monks Nearly 15,000 Idahoans will be losing their insurance because of the passage of Medicaid expansion. While this may come as a surprise to some, the House Republican Caucus worked hard to warn Idahoans.
Idaho Falls Chamber Out of the Box Lunch When: Tuesday, December 3, 12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. Where: Pinecrest Event Center, North Ballroom, 560 E. Anderson, Idaho Falls This is your opportunity to build your professional network and learn more about businesses in the community. Door prizes, introductions, and other interactions will make this a casual, fun opportunity to meet others and build your professional network. More info.
Kootenai County Dems Progressive Diners When: Wednesday, December 4, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Where: Seasons Fresh Grill, 209 E Lakeside Ave, Coeur d'Alene, ID Guest speaker Cory English will speak on: Rwanda, its history, people and culture; The Genocide of 1994 and reconciliation. More info and RSVP here.
Fremont County Republican Women Meeting When: Wednesday, December 4, 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Where: Location varies For more information email FCRW President Bonnie Burlage.
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