Except for a plan to live in his truck this summer, Brandon Prince is like many other 20- and 30-something Idahoans. He plays hard in the Idaho outdoors. He moved to Boise after college.
And like many of his peers, he’s overwhelmed by debt, though not from a maxed-out credit card or a high-interest car loan. Prince owes more than $80,000 combined to student lenders and to St. Luke’s Health System, for a culinary degree and an emergency hospital visit.
Prince, 35, is an example of what the rising costs of education and health care can lead to in a state where wages are stagnant and the percentage of workers covered by health insurance is falling.