StateImpact Idaho http://boisestatepublicradio.org en Farewell, StateImpact Idaho http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/farewell-stateimpact-idaho <p>On August 29, 2011 <em>StateImpact Idaho</em> wrote <a href="http://n.pr/oWIPDv" target="_blank">this welcome post</a>, introducing ourselves to the state, and explaining the stories we hoped to tell. Now, just shy of two years later, we’re signing off.</p><p>Don’t worry, this site will remain here as an archive, and we hope, as a resource. But it will no longer be updated daily. For continued in-depth coverage of Idaho, please turn to <a href="http://boisestatepublicradio.org" target="_blank">Boise State Public Radio</a>.</p> Wed, 24 Jul 2013 21:58:40 +0000 Emilie Ritter Saunders 29438 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Farewell, StateImpact Idaho Boise Airport To Add Non-Stop Flight To San Diego http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/boise-airport-add-non-stop-flight-san-diego <p></p><p>The Boise airport will add a new non-stop flight to its list beginning this fall. Daily, non-stop service from Boise to San Diego starts Nov. 1.</p> Thu, 27 Jun 2013 18:16:50 +0000 Emilie Ritter Saunders 28031 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Boise Airport To Add Non-Stop Flight To San Diego Jobless In Idaho: Landing A Career After Two Years On The Hunt http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/jobless-idaho-landing-career-after-two-years-hunt <p>Two years, several temporary jobs, 15 interviews, and countless applications later Justy Thomas has landed a permanent job. “I feel blessed I have a stable job,” she says. Thomas is now working in the human resources department of a local utility company.</p> Thu, 20 Jun 2013 22:05:45 +0000 Emilie Ritter Saunders 27703 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Jobless In Idaho: Landing A Career After Two Years On The Hunt New Income Data Show Idaho Is A More Expensive Place To Live Than 19 States http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/new-income-data-show-idaho-more-expensive-place-live-19-states <p><a href="http://www.bea.gov/newsreleases/regional/rpp/2013/pdf/rpp0613.pdf" target="_blank">Data released today</a> from the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis show personal income in Idaho hasn’t fully rebounded from the recession, though growth has been measured in the last two years.</p><p>The personal income data from 2007 through 2011 offers a closer look at real-time incomes in relation to the state-specific cost of goods and services during that same time period.</p> Wed, 12 Jun 2013 22:50:18 +0000 Emilie Ritter Saunders 27242 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org New Income Data Show Idaho Is A More Expensive Place To Live Than 19 States Idaho Gov. Butch Otter Works Toward Third-Straight Year Of Tax Cuts http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/idaho-gov-butch-otter-works-toward-third-straight-year-tax-cuts <p></p><p>Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter is spending part of his week in Coeur d’Alene at <a href="http://stateimpact.npr.org/idaho/topic/idaho-association-of-commerce-and-industry/" target="_blank" title="Idaho’s Business Lobby: Idaho Association Of Commerce And Industry">Idaho’s largest business lobby’s</a> annual convention. Gov. Otter’s spokesman says one of the administration’s main goals for the next legislative session is to pass a third-consecutive year of tax cuts.</p> Wed, 12 Jun 2013 17:31:17 +0000 Emilie Ritter Saunders 27218 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Idaho Gov. Butch Otter Works Toward Third-Straight Year Of Tax Cuts Bottom Rung: Why One Idaho Border Business Chose Washington http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/bottom-rung-why-one-idaho-border-business-chose-washington <p></p><p>The border between Washington and Idaho is like a petri dish for what the minimum wage does to the economy. That’s where two extremes meet. Idaho has the federal minimum wage: $7.25 an hour. While Washington’s is nearly $2 more.</p> Mon, 13 May 2013 15:33:37 +0000 Emilie Ritter Saunders 25502 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Bottom Rung: Why One Idaho Border Business Chose Washington Bottom Rung: Why Building A Strong Idaho Economy Takes Public Investment http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/bottom-rung-why-building-strong-idaho-economy-takes-public-investment <p>Bob Lokken, CEO of Boise-based WhiteCloud Analytics, is three years into building his new company. It designs software for health care professionals with the aim of allowing doctors and others to interrogate vast amounts of health care data. Lokken founded it after his previous company, ProClarity Corporation, was bought by Microsoft.</p><p>Recently, he showed me around the downtown office where software developers work intently behind large computer screens. I wasn’t there to talk about better health outcomes through guided data analysis; I was there to talk about Idaho’s workforce.</p> Fri, 10 May 2013 15:55:16 +0000 Molly Messick 25382 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Bottom Rung: Why Building A Strong Idaho Economy Takes Public Investment Bottom Rung: The Workforce Shift That’s Costing Idaho Good-Paying Jobs http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/bottom-rung-workforce-shift-s-costing-idaho-good-paying-jobs <p></p><p>Not long ago, you could hear the buzz of power saws all over the Treasure Valley. It was punctuated by the steady rhythm of hammers and nail guns. More than 10,000 homes went up in Ada and Canyon counties in the two years before the recession hit. Then, the sound stopped.</p><p>“’08 and ’09 were really hard,” says Aaron Wright of Steelhead Construction. He founded the siding and remodeling company as Idaho’s housing boom took hold. At the peak, Wright employed more than 30 people. When the market crashed, he scaled back to three.</p> Thu, 09 May 2013 16:41:12 +0000 Molly Messick 25314 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Bottom Rung: The Workforce Shift That’s Costing Idaho Good-Paying Jobs Bottom Rung: Gov. Otter Touts Idaho’s Low Wages To Attract Gun Companies http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/bottom-rung-gov-otter-touts-idaho-s-low-wages-attract-gun-companies <p></p><p>Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter is using Idaho’s low wages as a selling point. In a letter sent to out-of-state gun manufacturers last month to encourage them to relocate to Idaho, Otter touts the comparatively low cost of labor here.</p> Thu, 09 May 2013 00:03:03 +0000 Emilie Ritter Saunders 25287 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Bottom Rung: Gov. Otter Touts Idaho’s Low Wages To Attract Gun Companies Bottom Rung: Why An Influx Of Retirees To Idaho Is Creating More Low-Wage Jobs http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/bottom-rung-why-influx-retirees-idaho-creating-more-low-wage-jobs <p></p><p>There’s a brand new pizza joint in southeast Boise. It’s nestled in a mini-strip mall with a gas station, dry cleaner and hair salon.</p><p>On a recent Friday evening, Franco’s Pizzeria was just starting to pick up. It’s a tiny place. The cash register is only a few steps away from the industrial pizza ovens. There are a handful of tables and stools inside for someone who just wants a quick slice.</p> Wed, 08 May 2013 15:56:25 +0000 Emilie Ritter Saunders 25251 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Bottom Rung: Why An Influx Of Retirees To Idaho Is Creating More Low-Wage Jobs Bottom Rung: Two Idaho Workers Talk About Life On Low Wages http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/bottom-rung-two-idaho-workers-talk-about-life-low-wages <p>Wages are <a href="http://stateimpact.npr.org/idaho/topic/wages/" target="_blank" title="Making Money In Idaho, A Guide To Wages">lower in Idaho</a> than in nearly ever other state. That’s often chalked up to Idaho’s rural nature and low cost of living. But recently, the state has lost ground.</p> Tue, 07 May 2013 15:39:42 +0000 Molly Messick 25176 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Bottom Rung: Two Idaho Workers Talk About Life On Low Wages Driver’s License Data Offers Clues About Where Idahoans Are Moving http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/driver-s-license-data-offers-clues-about-where-idahoans-are-moving <p>Driver’s license data show more people moved to Idaho <a href="http://stateimpact.npr.org/idaho/maps/drivers-license-data-offers-real-time-clues-about-who-is-moving-to-idaho/" target="_blank" title="Driver’s License Data Offers Real-Time Clues About Who Is Moving To Idaho">than left the state</a> in 2012. But that data finds at least 29,253 Idahoans did move to another state last year.</p> Thu, 11 Apr 2013 17:44:09 +0000 Emilie Ritter Saunders 23853 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Driver’s License Data Offers Clues About Where Idahoans Are Moving Driver’s License Data Offers Real-Time Clues About Who Is Moving To Idaho http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/driver-s-license-data-offers-real-time-clues-about-who-moving-idaho <p>Idaho is no stranger to population growth. The number of people in the Gem State has steadily grown from about 710,000 people in 1972 to 1.59 million in 2012. That’s a 124 percent increase.</p> Wed, 10 Apr 2013 16:27:40 +0000 Emilie Ritter Saunders 23792 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Driver’s License Data Offers Real-Time Clues About Who Is Moving To Idaho Idaho Legislature Approves $20.7 Million In Tax Cuts http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/idaho-legislature-approves-207-million-tax-cuts <p>The Idaho Legislature will go home today having approved nearly $20.7 million in tax cuts. That’s a fraction, less than one percent, of the state’s <a href="http://legislature.idaho.gov/budget/publications/GFBudgetUpdate/BudgetUpdate.pdf" target="_blank">general fund budget</a>.</p> Thu, 04 Apr 2013 22:00:45 +0000 Emilie Ritter Saunders 23530 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Idaho Legislature Approves $20.7 Million In Tax Cuts Mental Health, Preventive Care, And The Debate Over Medicaid Expansion In Idaho http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/mental-health-preventive-care-and-debate-over-medicaid-expansion-idaho <p>When the 2013 legislative session wraps up, a big policy question will remain: Will the state make <a href="http://stateimpact.npr.org/idaho/topic/medicaid/" target="_blank" title="An Essential Guide to Idaho’s Medicaid Program">Medicaid</a> available to a greater number of Idaho’s poor? The federal health care law encourages that move. It’s a debate that involves potential costs and savings, along with patient well-being. And it turns quickly to chronic conditions, like mental illness.</p> Tue, 02 Apr 2013 17:41:24 +0000 Molly Messick 23393 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Mental Health, Preventive Care, And The Debate Over Medicaid Expansion In Idaho Idaho’s Income Gap Continues To Grow http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/idaho-s-income-gap-continues-grow <p>On Wednesday, the <a href="http://www.bea.gov/regional/index.htm" target="_blank">U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis</a> will release personal income data for 2012. In anticipation of that release, <em>StateImpact Idaho</em> pulled together personal income data going back to 1990 and compared it with the U.S. average. The data show a widening gap between Idaho and the country as a whole.</p> Mon, 25 Mar 2013 21:55:24 +0000 Emilie Ritter Saunders 22992 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org State-Based Health Insurance Exchange Bill Passes The Idaho Legislature, Heads To Governor http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/state-based-health-insurance-exchange-bill-passes-idaho-legislature-heads-governor <p>Idaho lawmakers fundamentally opposed to the federal health care law made a final effort to convince their colleagues to reject a <a href="http://stateimpact.npr.org/idaho/topic/health-insurance-exchange/" target="_blank" title="Idaho’s Health Insurance Exchange Debate">state-based health insurance exchange</a>, but to no avail. <a href="http://www.legislature.idaho.gov/legislation/2013/H0248.htm" target="_blank">The bill</a> which will create a state-based online insurance marketplace passed the Senate 23-12, sending the measure to Gov. C.L. Thu, 21 Mar 2013 19:44:07 +0000 Emilie Ritter Saunders 22815 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org State-Based Health Insurance Exchange Bill Passes The Idaho Legislature, Heads To Governor Girl Scout Cookie Tax Break Passes Idaho House, Could Face Uphill Battle In The Senate http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/girl-scout-cookie-tax-break-passes-idaho-house-could-face-uphill-battle-senate <p>A sales tax exemption for Girl Scout cookies sold in Idaho will advance to the upper chamber after lawmakers in the House approved the measure 59-11.</p><p><a href="http://stateimpact.npr.org/idaho/2013/02/07/girl-scout-cookies-sold-in-idaho-theres-a-tax-on-that/" target="_blank" title="Girl Scout Cookies Sold In Idaho? There’s A Tax On That">Idaho and Hawaii are the only two states</a> that tax the sale of Girl Scout cookies. In Idaho, 22 cents from every box sold goes to the state. That amounts to about $140,000 in revenue each year.</p> Tue, 19 Mar 2013 20:40:41 +0000 Emilie Ritter Saunders 22702 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Girl Scout Cookie Tax Break Passes Idaho House, Could Face Uphill Battle In The Senate Health Insurance Exchange Bill Passes Idaho House http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/health-insurance-exchange-bill-passes-idaho-house <p>After seven hours of debate, Idaho House lawmakers voted 41-29 to pass a bill that would give Idaho control over building and maintaining an <a href="http://stateimpact.npr.org/idaho/topic/health-insurance-exchange/" target="_blank" title="Idaho’s Health Insurance Exchange Debate">online insurance marketplace</a>.</p> Thu, 14 Mar 2013 00:48:22 +0000 Emilie Ritter Saunders 22411 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Health Insurance Exchange Bill Passes Idaho House Republican Lawmaker Wants To Expand Medicaid In Idaho http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/republican-lawmaker-wants-expand-medicaid-idaho <p>A Republican lawmaker says he will bring forward a bill to expand Idaho's <a href="http://stateimpact.npr.org/idaho/tag/medicaid/">Medicaid program</a> this week. That's after Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter said lawmakers should wait on the issue.</p><p>Rep. Tom Loertscher (R-Bone) plans to introduce two bills on Thursday.</p><p>One would dissolve Idaho's Catastrophic Health Care Program. That's the program that helps medically indigent Idahoans who don't qualify for state or federal health care aid.</p> Tue, 12 Mar 2013 23:32:00 +0000 Samantha Wright & Associated Press 22350 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Republican Lawmaker Wants To Expand Medicaid In Idaho