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Legislature dropped the ball in not reviewing Workforce Development Fund

I’ve reached a conclusion that lawmakers have all the passion for real answers that O.J. Simpson had in his quest for “the real killer.” Let me back up for just a moment: Imagine that your car isn’t working right. More than half the time you press on the brakes, the car doesn’t slow down. This […]

Knock, knock: Otter executive order on federal funding impact really is a big deal

Gov. Butch Otter’s March executive order is probably the most important public policy action of the last few months. What? You didn’t hear about it? Maybe that’s because the order got nearly zero media attention. It’s perplexing why that is. The order calls for state agencies to delineate all the federal funds they’re getting, and […]

Freedom Foundation praises Otter order to understand federal funds impact

NEWS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 24, 2014 Information Contact: Wayne Hoffman (208) 258-2280 ext. 211 Freedom Foundation praises Otter order to understand federal funds impact Idaho Freedom Foundation President Wayne Hoffman Monday applauded Gov. Butch Otter’s executive order requiring state agencies to annually delineate the federal funds they receive and make plans for a […]

Legislative session was ‘disappointing’ due to no tax relief, more spending

Now that the Legislature has gone home, I am left with just one question: What the heck were they thinking regarding taxes and spending? This Legislature, with a supermajority of Republicans, had ample opportunity to dramatically cut taxes and keep spending in check. It did neither. Gov. Butch Otter proposed $30 million in tax relief. […]