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This Week In Idaho Politics
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.
Should Idaho regulate property management? By Steve Taggart, Idaho Politics Weekly contributor Last week in Ada County the former head of the militia group 3% of Idaho, Brandon Curtiss, pleaded guilty to grand theft for stealing $98,564 from clients of his Meridian property management company.
Guest opinion: Ed task force proposals make sense, but more work needed By Sen. David Nelson (D-Moscow) When I was running for office in 2018, I frequently talked about improving education at all levels in Idaho. People all over Benewah and Latah counties consistently told me that they wanted to improve K-12 education and asked that the state pay a larger and fair share for education, especially for facilities.
Guest opinion: State mandates force higher property taxes By Sen. Grant Burgoyne (D-Boise), & Rep. Mat Erpelding (D-Boise) When the legislature orders counties to carry out state functions but fails to provide the money to do so, local property taxpayers pay the price. As a result, residential property taxes are sky high in many counties and citizens are demanding relief.
The president's wild Ukrainian goose chase By Jim Jones President Trump's obsession with a Ukraine conspiracy theory is almost as troubling as his request that the Ukrainian president investigate the Bidens. His theory is that it was Ukraine, not Russia, that interfered in the 2016 election. Despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary, the president continues to pursue the non-existent Ukrainian connection to the great detriment of our national interests.
News release: Idaho partnership encourages cybersecurity careers By Press release Gov. Brad Little has announced that Idaho will again partner with the SANS Institute on an initiative to introduce Idaho high school and college students to careers in cybersecurity through the Girls Go CyberStart and Cyber FastTrack initiatives.
Little to McGeachin: Make government more frugal By Chuck Malloy, Idaho Politics Weekly contributor Gov. Brad Little, who has taken a meat cleaver to thousands of pages of administrative rules and regulations, is now taking a closer look at budgets.
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