Government Transparency http://boisestatepublicradio.org en Idaho Gets A Failing Grade For Government Transparency http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/idaho-gets-failing-grade-government-transparency <p></p><p>Idaho is one of three states with a failing grade when it comes to government transparency, <a href="http://www.uspirgedfund.org/sites/pirg/files/reports/Following%20the%20Money%20vUS%20v2_0.pdf" target="_blank">as ranked by the U.S. Public Interest Research Group</a>, a consumer interest group.</p> Tue, 08 Apr 2014 18:01:29 +0000 Emilie Ritter Saunders 43125 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Idaho Gets A Failing Grade For Government Transparency Why It's Tough To Track What Lobbyists Give To Idaho Lawmakers http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/why-its-tough-track-what-lobbyists-give-idaho-lawmakers <p>Late last year, St. Louis Public Radio and NPR <a href="http://www.lobbyingmissouri.org/" target="_blank">launched an interactive data project</a> that lets Missouri voters see just how much money their state representative has accepted from lobbyists. It's an easy-to-navigate visual that gives people a sense of the kinds of relationships that have developed under their Capitol dome. A similar one-stop-shop of lobbying disclosure info wouldn't be possible in Idaho.</p> Thu, 30 Jan 2014 13:45:00 +0000 Emilie Ritter Saunders 39206 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Why It's Tough To Track What Lobbyists Give To Idaho Lawmakers Washington Lawmakers Hear Pitch For Corporate Tax Disclosure http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/washington-lawmakers-hear-pitch-corporate-tax-disclosure <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2013/11/120513AJ_CorporateTaxes_web.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>The issue of tax transparency in Washington is getting fresh attention on the heels of a major tax deal for Boeing.<p> Fri, 22 Nov 2013 22:50:00 +0000 Austin Jenkins 35899 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Washington Lawmakers Hear Pitch For Corporate Tax Disclosure Plaintiffs Say Idaho Is Stalling To Keep Juvenile Correction Department Records Secret http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/plaintiffs-say-idaho-stalling-keep-juvenile-correction-department-records-secret <p>A group of Idaho Department of Juvenile Correction employees who filed a whistleblower lawsuit against the state say the agency is violating a judge's order to meet and decide which documents should be made public.</p> Thu, 14 Nov 2013 20:00:08 +0000 Associated Press 35493 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Idaho Health Exchange Will Keep Taxpayer Funded Contract Review Secret http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/idaho-health-exchange-will-keep-taxpayer-funded-contract-review-secret <p>Board members of the Idaho health insurance exchange said <span class="aBn" data-term="goog_2075861393" tabindex="0"><span class="aQJ">Tuesday</span></span> that they will keep secret the findings of a $15,000 taxpayer-funded investigation into how one of its own members won a lucrative no-bid contract.</p><p></p> Tue, 12 Nov 2013 22:05:39 +0000 Associated Press 35384 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Idaho Health Exchange Will Keep Taxpayer Funded Contract Review Secret Idaho Health Insurance Exchange Contract Canceled After Outcry http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/idaho-health-insurance-exchange-contract-canceled-after-outcry <p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; line-height: 15px;">Idaho insurance exchange leaders trimmed the Internet marketplace director's power to sign lucrative deals with vendors after criticizing her move to award a former board member a no-bid contract worth up to $375,000.</span></p><p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; line-height: 15px;">Your Health Idaho executive director Amy Dowd now must get the board's permission for any transaction over $15,000.</p> Tue, 22 Oct 2013 19:20:04 +0000 Associated Press 34284 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Idaho Health Insurance Exchange Contract Canceled After Outcry Judge Rules Against Media Groups In Hospital Case http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/judge-rules-against-media-groups-hospital-case <p>A federal judge presiding over an antitrust lawsuit between two major health care providers in Idaho has declared that testimony and documents can remain hidden from public view.</p><p>U.S. District Judge B. Lynn Winmill ruled Tuesday after <a href="http://bit.ly/15lrqnr">the Idaho Statesman</a> and other news organizations challenged the broad shroud of secrecy approved for documents and trial testimony.</p> Wed, 09 Oct 2013 16:49:18 +0000 Associated Press 33620 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Idaho News Groups Ask For Openness In Hospital Lawsuit http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/idaho-news-groups-ask-openness-hospital-lawsuit <p>Idaho news organizations are seeking to open court proceedings to the public by intervening in a lawsuit between two big health care providers.</p><p>On Wednesday, The Idaho Statesman in Boise, The Times-News in Twin Falls, The Associated Press, the Idaho Press-Tribune in Nampa and the Idaho Press Club asked U.S. District Judge B. Lynn Winmill reverse a pretrial order closing the courtroom to some testimony.</p> Thu, 03 Oct 2013 15:21:46 +0000 Associated Press 33324 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Judge Sides With Idaho Media In Prison Case Challenge http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/judge-sides-idaho-media-prison-case-challenge <p></p><p>A federal judge has sided with a coalition of 17 Idaho news organizations in denying a request by the state's only private prison contractor to seal whatever it wants in a lawsuit brought by a group of inmates at the prison.&nbsp;</p><p>U.S. District Judge Edward Lodge issued an order Tuesday that significantly scales back a broad protection order sought by the Corrections Corporation of America, which operates the Idaho Correctional Center south of Boise.</p> Thu, 08 Aug 2013 13:22:41 +0000 Associated Press 30266 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Judge Sides With Idaho Media In Prison Case Challenge Corrections Corporation Of America Asks Judge To Bar Idaho Media From Joining Lawsuit http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/corrections-corporation-america-asks-judge-bar-idaho-media-joining-lawsuit <p>Private prison company Corrections Corporation of America is asking a federal judge to deny a request from Idaho news organizations to keep documents open in a lawsuit over conditions at a CCA-run prison.</p> Tue, 16 Jul 2013 19:36:14 +0000 Associated Press 29007 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Four Idaho Websites Get National Award For Government Transparency http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/four-idaho-websites-get-national-award-government-transparency <p>Three Idaho school districts and a county have been honored for their websites. The non-profit government transparency organization Sunshine Review gave its annual <strong><a href="http://sunshinereview.org/index.php/2013_Sunny_Awards" target="_blank">Sunny Awards</a></strong> to the 247 government websites it deemed most transparent. &nbsp;</p><p>The Boise, Blaine County and Caldwell School Districts made the list. Canyon was the only Idaho county to show up.</p> Mon, 18 Mar 2013 21:48:55 +0000 Adam Cotterell 22639 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Idaho Launches Government Transparency Website http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/idaho-launches-government-transparency-website <p>In an effort to become more transparent, the state of Idaho has launched a <a href="http://transparent.idaho.gov/Pages/transhome.aspx#" target="_blank">new website</a> that details state spending and revenue. <a href="http://transparent.idaho.gov/Pages/transhome.aspx#" target="_blank">Transparent.Idaho.gov</a> was created by the state controller’s office, after the state continually received failing grades on its openness.</p><p>Last year during ‘sunshine week,’ <em>StateImpact Idaho</em> reported on two separate transparency report cards — one gave Idaho an "<a href="http://stateimpact.npr.org/idaho/2012/03/14/f-is-for-flunk-idaho-falls-short-in-transparency-study/" target="_blank">F</a>", the other a “<a href="http://stateimpact.npr.org/idaho/2012/03/19/idahos-among-the-worst-states-when-it-comes-to-government-transparency/" target="_blank">D-</a>". Thu, 10 Jan 2013 17:24:13 +0000 Emilie Ritter Saunders 19224 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Idaho Launches Government Transparency Website Clawbacks In Connecticut: What Idaho Could Learn From How One State Handles Breaks For Business http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/clawbacks-connecticut-what-idaho-could-learn-how-one-state-handles-breaks-business <p>Every state, including Idaho, offers <a href="http://stateimpact.npr.org/idaho/topic/tax-exemptions/" target="_blank" title="Your Guide To Idaho’s Tax Exemptions">tax breaks</a>, grants or subsidies to businesses in hopes of spurring economic development.</p><p>But the states vary widely in terms of what they do when a company doesn&rsquo;t create as many jobs as it agreed to, or otherwise follow through with its end of the incentive bargain.</p> Wed, 27 Jun 2012 17:36:08 +0000 Emilie Ritter Saunders 8853 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Clawbacks In Connecticut: What Idaho Could Learn From How One State Handles Breaks For Business Companies Receive Idaho Training Grants, But Make No Long-Term Promises http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/companies-receive-idaho-training-grants-make-no-long-term-promises <p>Last month, Transform Solar&nbsp;<a href="http://stateimpact.npr.org/idaho/2012/05/31/volatile-solar-industry-leads-to-layoffs-in-idaho/" target="_blank" title="Volatile Solar Industry Leads To Layoffs In&nbsp;Idaho">announced that it was closing</a>&nbsp;and laying off about 250 people at its facility in Nampa. As <em>StateImpact</em> reported, the manufacturer of high-tech solar cells, had received&nbsp;<a href="http://stateimpact.npr.org/idaho/2012/06/01/update-transform-solar-received-1-68-million-in-state-training-grants/" target="_blank">$1.68 million in workforce training grants</a>&nbsp;from the state of Idaho &mdash; money that the company will not have to pay&nbsp;back. Mon, 25 Jun 2012 14:00:00 +0000 Emilie Ritter Saunders 8636 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Companies Receive Idaho Training Grants, But Make No Long-Term Promises Update: Transform Solar Received $1.68 M In State Training Grants Before Announcing Layoffs http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/update-transform-solar-received-168-m-state-training-grants-announcing-layoffs <p>Earlier this week, Micron-owned Transform Solar, a maker of high-tech solar cells, <a href="http://stateimpact.npr.org/idaho/jp/idahos-transform-solar-to-close-laying-off-250-people/" target="_blank" title="Idaho’s Transform Solar To Close, Laying Off 250 People">announced it&rsquo;s closing</a> and laying-off at least 250 people over the next three months.</p> Fri, 01 Jun 2012 15:53:44 +0000 Emilie Ritter Saunders 7337 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Update: Transform Solar Received $1.68 M In State Training Grants Before Announcing Layoffs What Some States Do To Disclose Tax Incentive Info http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/what-some-states-do-disclose-tax-incentive-info <p>A recent report from Pew Center on the States lists Idaho among 26 states &lsquo;trailing behind<a href="http://stateimpact.npr.org/idaho/2012/04/13/study-idaho-trailing-behind-on-measuring-tax-incentive-effectiveness/" target="_blank" title="Study: Idaho ‘Trailing Behind’ On Measuring Tax Incentive Effectiveness">&rsquo;</a> when it comes to evaluating tax incentives.&nbsp; That is, having a mechanism in place to take a closer look at the state-specific incentives and exemptions on a regular basis, and to evaluate if they&rsquo;re doing what they were intended to do.&nbsp; In most cases, t Fri, 04 May 2012 20:22:54 +0000 Emilie Ritter Saunders 5528 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org What Some States Do To Disclose Tax Incentive Info Q&A: Who Gets Idaho's Tax Breaks? Why Details Are In The Dark http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/qa-who-gets-idahos-tax-breaks-why-details-are-dark <p><em>StateImpact Idaho</em> has rolled out a series of stories this week on tax incentive transparency in Idaho.&nbsp; That is, what is and isn&rsquo;t public information when it comes to business tax credits and exemptions.&nbsp;</p><p>Almost always, tax incentives are created in the name of economic development.&nbsp; But in Idaho, little information is available about whether these incentives create jobs and grow companies.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 04 May 2012 13:30:00 +0000 Emilie Ritter Saunders & Scott Graf 5461 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Q&A: Who Gets Idaho's Tax Breaks? Why Details Are In The Dark Open Government Advocate: Tax Incentive Details Should Be Public Info http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/open-government-advocate-tax-incentive-details-should-be-public-info <p><em>Good Jobs First is a non-partisan, non-profit government transparency advocacy group based in Washington, D.C.&nbsp; It was founded in 1998 by Greg LeRoy, who is now executive director. LeRoy has been studying tax incentive transparency for more than two decades.&nbsp; We recently spoke with him to learn more about what he considers &lsquo;transparent enough,&rsquo; and what states are doing to open incentive information to the public.&nbsp;</em></p> Thu, 03 May 2012 19:10:08 +0000 Emilie Ritter Saunders 5453 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Open Government Advocate: Tax Incentive Details Should Be Public Info Study: Idaho 'Trailing Behind' On Measuring Tax Incentive Effectiveness http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/study-idaho-trailing-behind-measuring-tax-incentive-effectiveness <p>A new 55-page <a href="http://www.pewcenteronthestates.org/uploadedFiles/015_12_RI%20Tax%20Incentives%20Report_web.pdf" target="_blank">report</a> from The Pew Center on the States shows most states don&rsquo;t really know if business <a href="http://stateimpact.npr.org/idaho/2011/11/04/tax-credit-tradeoff-elusive-to-measure/" target="_blank" title="Tax Credit Tradeoff Elusive To Measure">tax incentives</a> are boosting job growth.</p> Fri, 13 Apr 2012 16:34:28 +0000 Emilie Ritter Saunders 4097 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Study: Idaho 'Trailing Behind' On Measuring Tax Incentive Effectiveness