Ybarra could make it rain for former senator

December 19, 2014 Dustin Hurst

Superintendent of Public Instruction-elect Sherri Ybarra could make it rain for one of her campaign managers. As Ybarra, who scored a surprise victory in this year’s GOP primary and survived several campaign gaffes to win the job as Idaho’s chief of schools, transitions into office, she’s hiring trusted allies…

Opinion: No amount of good you can’t do with someone else’s money

December 19, 2014 Wayne Hoffman

At first blush, there’s something intrinsically repulsive about the state’s decision to provide taxpayer handouts to the developers of a luxury hotel complex in Ketchum. Maybe it’s in the words “luxury” and “hotel,” conjuring images of “opulence” and “exclusivity” all funded with special tax breaks out of reach…

Nonprofit group uses tax dollars to push for more government health care in Idaho

December 18, 2014 Dustin Hurst

A nonprofit group is using taxpayer dollars to lobby Idaho lawmakers to expand government health care in the state next year. Earlier this week, the Idaho Center for Fiscal Policy released a report endorsing Medicaid expansion, an option under the Affordable Care Act. The report, picked up by…

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