Family planning services bill sent to house. Rep. Mat Erpelding, District 19, has introduced House Bill 563 Plan First Idaho in the House Health & Welfare Committee.  

The legislation passed out of committee with a do pass recommendation  The bill provides family planning services and supplies to low-income women who are otherwise ineligible for Medicare, Medicaid or healthcare that covers family planning services. The goal is to improve access to family planning services, to provide preconception planning to prevent unintended pregnancies and to improve maternal and birth outcomes.  

Erpelding said that women are currently eligible to enroll in Medicaid only if they become pregnant and lose coverage within 60 days of delivery.  The state then picks up the cost of short-term coverage for these women and often long-term coverage for their children. Plan First Idaho is intended to reduce health risks to women and children, increase access to family planning services, reduce the incidence of closely spaced pregnancies, decrease the number of unintended pregnancies, and achieve cost savings for Idaho.

Income tax cut heads to governor’s office. Lt. Gov. Brad Little has noted that the Idaho Senate has passed additional tax relief for Idahoans, after cutting unemployment tax for all of Idaho’s businesses earlier this session. House Bill 463 will deliver $200 million in total tax relief— $160 million in lowering the personal and business income tax rates, and an additional $40 million by creating a new non-refundable state child tax credit.

“Idaho continues to lead the nation in conservative government.  Our incomes are growing twice the national average and we continue to lead the nation in job growth.  Our employment is at historic levels.  It is only right that people get a portion of their hard-earned money back, while we continue to invest in education and other state priorities,” said Little. For the complete bill see:

Ahlquist campaign issues statement on Senate passing tax cuts. “Political insiders scoffed when Tommy promised to cut $100 million of wasteful government spending in his first 100 days of office and now in an election year, they are passing a $100 million+ tax cut. We are glad the governor and the Legislature are following a political outsider’s lead to provide some much-needed tax relief to the small businesses and families of Idaho.  More can and will be done when Tommy is Governor to reform Idaho’s tax code and lower taxes even further for all Idahoans and it won't take an election year to get it done." --David Johnston, Campaign Manager