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Tax Incentive Transparency: What Is And Isn’t Public In Idaho

We’re talking this week about tax incentive and exemption transparency.  So, we thought it’d be a good idea to create a simple list of what is and is not public information. Without further ado… What IS Public Information in Idaho Estimates of foregone revenue (tax money the state opted not to collect) due to income […]

Idaho’s Among The Worst States When It Comes To Government Transparency

The latest government transparency report gives Idaho a near failing grade, ranking the Gem State among the ten worst states for transparency in the country. The State Integrity Investigation gives Idaho an overall grade of D-.  The report looks at 14 categories, six of which the state failed.  The worst grades went to categories like […]

Update: “F” Is For “Flunk,” But Also For “Funding”

Yesterday, StateImpact published a story about Idaho’s last-place finish in a government transparency study.  In it we noted that Idaho was one of only three states that didn’t respond when the study’s initial findings were sent to government officials, requesting comment.  It was the Department of Administration’s Bill Burns who received that survey.  He wasn’t […]

“F” Is For “Flunk”: Idaho Falls Short In Transparency Study

Idaho earned last place and an “F” ranking in an analysis of government transparency released today.  The U.S. Public Interest Research Group study focuses on how easily the public can get information about government spending. “The main thing is that Idaho is one of the four states that does not have checkbook-level expenditure information,” Tax […]

Tax Credit Tradeoff Elusive To Measure

This week I’ve been looking at some of Idaho’s business tax credits.  I spoke with a non-partisan expert, the state Department of Commerce, a state tax expert and a business owner.  I wanted to better understand the kind of tradeoffs the state is willing to make in order to develop new industries and expand existing […]

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