Role of Government

Idaho ready for criminal justice reform

By: Marc Levin & Geoffrey Talmon In years past, some saw criminal justice reform in Idaho as a political hot potato, but the issue has recently become a priority, giving policymakers an opportunity to harvest gains for both public safety and taxpayers. The Idaho Legislature is currently considering Senate Bill 1357, which provides this opportunity. […]

The (Not so) Stealth Campaign


Urban renewal will mean higher taxes, unlimited government in Shoshone County

On May 21, Shoshone County voters will be asked to create an urban renewal agency. Voters are told that doing so will not raise taxes. This is simply not accurate. Idaho Freedom Foundation has studied urban renewal throughout Idaho, and in no instance has urban renewal been used without some impact to taxpayers. Urban renewal […]

Enjoy Christmas; save the policy debate for later

I stopped watching the news the other day. Or reading it. Or listening to it. Let me restart: I’m what you call a news junkie, and I always have been. I grew up watching the evening news. Living in rural Arkansas, my parents were early adopters of satellite technology, and our dish would scan the […]

IFF Responds to Gov. Otter’s Exchange Decision

Idaho Freedom Foundation Executive Director Wayne Hoffman issued the following statement on Gov. Butch Otter’s decision to create a state health insurance exchange: “I have a great deal of respect for my friend, Gov. Otter. However, I strongly disagree with his decision. More than 20 states have indicated that they will not implement a state […]