Mike Ferguson http://boisestatepublicradio.org en Idaho School Districts Increasingly Rely On Levies To Pay The Bills http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/idaho-school-districts-increasingly-rely-levies-pay-bills <p>School districts across Idaho will be asking voters to approve supplemental levies Tuesday.&nbsp;That includes Meridian, Nampa, and Kuna. Districts going to voters for more money has become commonplace in recent years.</p><p>A little more than a decade ago, about a third of Idaho schools had levies in place. Now it’s two thirds, according to Mike Ferguson, head of the non-profit research group&nbsp;Idaho Center for Fiscal Policy. In that time, the money coming from levies has tripled to about $190 million.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 10 Mar 2014 12:30:00 +0000 Adam Cotterell 41334 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Idaho School Districts Increasingly Rely On Levies To Pay The Bills Idaho House Speaker Meets With Economist Over Tax Shift Plan http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/idaho-house-speaker-meets-economist-over-tax-shift-plan <p>House Speaker Scott Bedke says he's met with Idaho's former chief economist over a proposal to shift $80 million from a grocery tax credit to individual and corporate income tax cuts.</p><p>Bedke, a Republican from Oakley, met with Mike Ferguson, the top economist at the state under six governors before retiring four years ago.</p><p>Bedke's proposes to redirect money now given to Idaho families to offset sales tax they pay on groceries to income tax cuts, in hopes of making Idaho a more-attractive place for businesses to relocate.</p> Wed, 29 Jan 2014 00:35:38 +0000 Associated Press 39268 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Grocery Tax Shift Could Increase Burden On Middle-Income Idahoans http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/grocery-tax-shift-could-increase-burden-middle-income-idahoans <p>Idaho's former chief economist says families of four earning more than $117,750 would see lower taxes, should lawmakers adopt House Speaker Scott Bedke's proposal to shift money from a grocery tax credit to individual and corporate income tax cuts.</p><p>Mike Ferguson, chief economist for six governors including Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter, said Thursday families earning less would likely see a higher tax burden, according to his calculations.</p> Thu, 23 Jan 2014 17:36:26 +0000 Associated Press 38960 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Grocery Tax Shift Could Increase Burden On Middle-Income Idahoans Bottom Rung: Longtime Idaho Economist Stresses Education And Healthcare To Boost Wages http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/bottom-rung-longtime-idaho-economist-stresses-education-and-healthcare-boost-wages <p>Idaho has the <a href="http://stateimpact.npr.org/idaho/2013/02/27/idaho-leads-nation-in-minimum-wage-workers/" target="_blank" title="Idaho Leads The Nation In Minimum Wage Workers">largest percentage of minimum wage jobs</a> in the country. That’s been the jumping off point for <em>StateImpact Idaho’s</em> series examining wages; we’re calling it <a href="http://stateimpact.npr.org/idaho/topic/bottom-rung/" target="_blank" title="Bottom Rung: Living On Low Wages In Idaho"><em>Bottom Rung</em></a>.</p> Tue, 14 May 2013 18:16:36 +0000 Emilie Ritter Saunders 25586 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Idaho Governor Not Committed To Education Funding Says Former Advisor http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/idaho-governor-not-committed-education-funding-says-former-advisor <p>First came the preliminaries: welcomes, thanks, a nod to Abraham Lincoln for creating the Idaho Territory 150 years ago this year.&nbsp; But then it was time for the money. Governor Butch Otter’s first announcement in his State of the State address Monday was a proposal to raise state spending <em>as a whole </em>by 3.1 percent. That’s based on an estimated 5.3 percent increase in revenue.&nbsp;</p><p> Tue, 08 Jan 2013 05:56:49 +0000 Adam Cotterell 19090 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Idaho Governor Not Committed To Education Funding Says Former Advisor Study Questions Constitutionality Of Idaho's Education Funding Plan http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/study-questions-constitutionality-idahos-education-funding-plan <p>A report released today by the Idaho Center for Fiscal Policy questions whether the state is meeting its <a data-mce-="" href="http://www.sos.idaho.gov/elect/stcon/articl09.htm" target="_blank">constitutional duty</a> to &quot;maintain a general, uniform and thorough system of public, free common schools.&quot;</p><p>The report is authored by the center&#39;s director <a data-mce-="" href="http://stateimpact.npr.org/idaho/topic/mike-ferguson/" target="_blank" title="Meet Economist Mike Ferguson">Mike Ferguson</a>, who was also Idaho&#39;s chief economist for 25 years.</p> Fri, 13 Apr 2012 18:00:54 +0000 Emilie Ritter Saunders 4105 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Study Questions Constitutionality Of Idaho's Education Funding Plan