Category Archives: Opinion

Smoke ‘em if you got ‘em … our roads and bridges can use some help

Supporters of increased fuel taxes and car registration fees have argued for years that higher taxes and fees on drivers and vehicles are the only way to fund transportation infrastructure. Using general tax revenue to fund transportation was not appropriate, … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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. … Continue reading

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Guest Opinion: Why the Johnson and Crapo ‘Taxpayer Protection Act’ will not protect taxpayers

(Note: The following is an opinion article written by Edward J. Pinto from the American Enterprise Institute) The draft bill released on Sunday, March 16 by Senate Banking Committee Chairman Tim Johnson (D-S.D.) and Ranking Member Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) will … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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You will be happy to know that the folks in Hollywood need Idaho taxpayer money

Remember, Big Hollywood needs your money more than you do. At least that’s what I hear our state lawmakers saying. The Senate’s commerce panel voted Tuesday in favor of a bill that would keep a tax rebate for the film … Continue reading

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Better sit for this … committee vote gives me a reason for optimism

I’m unexpectedly marginally optimistic about one thing in this legislative session. Marginally. Maybe, just maybe, the Legislature will adjourn without coming up with new ways to increase the cost of health care. Or make it harder to get into an … Continue reading

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Don’t waste time and money challenging Idaho’s concealed carry law

(Note: The following Guest Opinion was written by Clayton E. Cramer, who teaches history at College of Western Idaho.) SB 1254 is about to pass the final hurdle out of the lower house of the Idaho Legislature and then to … Continue reading

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One would think state has made enough mistakes giving away money … apparently not

Department of Commerce Director Jeff Sayer says he has a real “game changer” for Idaho. It’s a proposal that would allow businesses to recoup the sales, income and unemployment insurance taxes they pay IF they do certain things stipulated by … Continue reading

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Guest opinion: Governor Otter’s budget gimmicks hurt Idaho

By Bob Williams, State Budget Solutions This is not pretty, but it’s fact – lawmakers in states across the country are using budget gimmicks and relying on accounting tricks to make their budgets appear balanced. Unfortunately, Idaho is one of … Continue reading

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