Idaho think tank uses Seattle to caution against minimum wage bill

Minimum wage laws hurt the poor and the young (inexperienced) the most.  (The Center Square) – The Idaho state Legislature is considering a bill that would allow municipalities to raise their minimum wages above the Idaho minimum wage, which matches the federal minimum wage of $7.25 an hour. An Idaho-based think tank cautions that that could lead …

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This Is How Alcohol Consumption in Idaho Compares to Other States

Fasinating data.  Other than the Mormon and gambling effects, I’m not seeing a pattern.  Canadian health officials issued revised government recommendations for alcohol consumption last week, changing the low risk level from two drinks per day to two drinks per week. Health officials further said that no amount is safe and strongly suggested that citizens …

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Idaho State Board of Education releases annual higher education report…

Good news for Idaho’s education-industrial complex.  More out-of-state students are eyeing Idaho as a possible place to enroll in college, according to a new report from the Idaho State Board of Education, KTVB reporter Jude Binkley writes. Every year, the state board releases a fact book with data on higher education. It includes statistics about …

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Committee introduces educational savings account legislation

I’m looking forward to ESA’s existing in Idaho.  But it needs to be done right, just like in Arizona.  The Senate Education Committee voted Tuesday to introduce legislation that would create an educational savings account for Idaho families that would pay for a variety of education-related costs, including private school tuition.  Sen. Tammy Nichols, R-Middleton, …

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Lawmakers talk ‘Greater Idaho’

Memorial proposed to let state legislatures discuss melding eastern Oregon with Gem State I heard rumors that people would like to rename the state “Cascadia” and would include eastern Washington.  BOISE — The “Greater Idaho” discussion has returned to the Idaho Legislature with a proposed memorial to authorize Idaho and Oregon’s legislatures to begin discussions …

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Gallup: Americans’ Dissatisfaction With Nation Eases but is Still High

As long as the government keeps the people fat, dumb, and happy, they are satisfied with life.  STORY HIGHLIGHTS 23% are satisfied with state of nation, unchanged from December 48% are “very dissatisfied,” down from high of 66% in 2021 WASHINGTON, D.C. — Continuing a two-decade trend, most Americans remain dissatisfied with the way things …

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Gallup: More Cite Gov’t as Top U.S. Problem; Inflation Ranks Second

I’m surprised that the Democrats say that government is the top problem since they see government as their savior.  Maybe because it’s not saving them?  STORY HIGHLIGHTS Government citations up six points; inflation mentions steady Economic Confidence Index low and unchanged at -39 64% say it is a good time to find a quality job …

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UI: 10% of students are taking class online

Interesting data here.  One-third of students living in on-campus housing left following the Nov. 13 murders That’s surprising since the murders were off-campus.  I wonder if the UI allowed on-campus students the option of opting out.  Perhaps the UI doesn’t have the data for off-campus students. And it’s unlikely that landlords would allow students to …

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Editorial: They Shouldn’t Be Getting Away with High Crimes

In today’s editorial I discuss my navy background as a security manager onboard a submarine and the crimes committed by Biden, Trump, Hillary, and Pence.  The is the unabridged version. You can find the abridged version at the Moscow-Pullman Daily News.  In the mid-1980’s I served as Command Security Manager aboard the ballistic missile nuclear submarine USS …

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FDA Quietly Changes End Date For Study Of Heart Inflammation After Pfizer COVID Vaccination

So many back-room dealings.  The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has changed the end date for a key study on post-vaccination heart inflammation without notifying the public. Pfizer was supposed to complete a study on the occurrence of subclinical myocarditis, or heart inflammation, after receipt of its COVID-19 vaccine. The completion date was listed …

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25 states sue Biden administration over federal ESG policy

Idaho is one of the 25 states.  Twenty-five attorneys general and several other plaintiffs have sued the Biden administration asking the court to halt a federal ESG policy that could negatively impact the retirement savings of 152 million Americans. The lawsuit was filed in U.S. District Court Northern District Amarillo Division naming Secretary of Labor …

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How Living Off the Grid in Idaho Compares to Other States

Idaho’s climate (cold, sunshine, rain) rank us #17 in the nation. Via TheCenterSquare: In the wake of the pandemic, with growing economic uncertainty and climate change stressing public infrastructure, more Americans are seeking ways to live off the grid. This does not necessarily mean forgoing all modern conveniences. Rather, living off the grid simply often …

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Miscommunication Leads To Accidental Release Of Whitman County Jail Inmate

This is a real black eye for Whitman County.  I’ll post a mugshot once I can find it.  UPDATE: Whitman County Sheriff Brett Myers has determined that jail staff in his office mistakenly released Billings. Billings was facing two separate criminal cases, one was dismissed and one was charged. Those case numbers were nearly identical …

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WSU Ending COVID-19 Vaccine Mandate On Students

Imagine that. Vaccine mandates are hurting enrollment and the bottom line.  If it were really as important as they pretended it was, the bottom line wouldn’t matter. “Whatever the cost for even one life”, remember?  Washington State University is ending its coronavirus vaccine mandate on students. According to a post on the WSU website students will …

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Data released by Idaho Board of Ed shows higher education enrollment is decreasing

These numbers should tell you something.  If only 37% of Idaho high school grads go on to college, then our government schools are doing a disservice to the remaining 63% Also, they don’t explain why general enrollment decreased 12%. Was it due to Covid? Lowering birth rates? Dissatisfaction with the government schools?  The Idaho State Board …

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