Idaho’s cost of living doesn’t make up for its wages  

Lately I’ve been asking people to talk about political issues that concern them. Wages and housing costs get a lot of mentions. Idahoans tend to think of our cost of living as low compared to other states. Yet, I’ve talked to newcomers from California who were surprised that our food costs here weren’t  lower. Others …

Economy: Graduates Leave Idaho

by Judy Ferro “More than half of the graduates from Idaho’s universities leave the state within four years of receiving their degrees,” according to a recent Idaho Statesman article by Kyle Green. Half. Within four years. That isn’t the worst news I’ve read this week. SB 1339, passed by both the Idaho House and Senate, …

Economy: Higher Minimum Wage Means More Jobs

by Judy Ferro True or False: Increasing the minimum wage destroys jobs. If you answered false, you have 600 economists agreeing with you.  That many joined in signing a letter saying it isn’t so and advising the Federal government to increase the minimum wage. About 17 states have banked on the economists being right and have …

Taxes: Cutting Too Much

by Judy Ferro You know if you cut down calories and exercise a little bit, you can lose weight.   But you should also know that if you cut calories and exercise a whole lot, you can mess your whole system up. For 30 years Republicans have said that the best way—maybe the only way—for the …