The bad news came last April when the Idaho Legislature walked away from its 2016 session without hammering out a solution to assist the estimated 78,000 Idahoans who face today and tomorrow without health insurance. The good news is that members of the Legislature — in the form of the bipartisan Healthcare Alternatives For Citizens Below 100 Percent of Poverty Level committee, made up of Idaho House and Senate representatives — is back talking about care for our neighbors who don’t make enough money to enroll in the Your Health Idaho exchange, and who make too much to benefit from coverage under Medicaid.
We support the $400 million St. Luke’s Hospital Master Plan expansion around its downtown campus. Our position has not changed since the city of Boise approved the land use a year ago and, in October, adopted it into its Blueprint Boise plan.
After two new members of the West Ada School District Board of Trustees were sworn in and seated at Tuesday’s meeting, Philip Neuhoff set the optimistic tone that we hope defines this new group going forward:
In an ideal world the city of Boise would like to do an environmentally commendable thing, and save money at the same time, by sending less solid waste to the landfill and diverting compostable material — which is about half of what we put in our barrels — to another location.
The May 17 primary results left us with a mixed bag of observations about closed primaries, the unreliability of endorsements, the value of transparency, the perils of low turnout and the stronger-than-expected pulse of “moderates” in legislative elections.
In a year when so many local and state-level incumbents are running unopposed, we are encouraged when we see a competition for open seats in both the Democratic and Republican parties — which is the case in the District 2 race for Ada County commissioner, an office Rick Yzaguirre will leave later this year.
We’ll never know whether the Boise Police Department’s ethics breach would have come to light without a Wall Street Journal story that exposed a trip Deputy Chief Eugene Smith took at the expense of Taser International, the company Boise later hired to put body cameras on its officers.
The resignations of West Ada School District board members Julie Madsen and Russell Joki leave us wondering whether the recall election that now targets Trustees Tina Dean and Carol Sayles is a case of overkill.
Two of Idaho’s most reasonable and respected politicians are at opposite ends of a radioactive spectrum over whether to allow shipments of spent nuclear fuel rods into the state so research can commence at Idaho National Laboratory.
Two decisions in education this week got our attention: one at the school district level that will involve the replacement of a trustee; and one at the state level, where a governor’s veto preserved a constitutional and level playing field for the use of religious texts in Idaho classrooms.
The Idaho Legislature failed the 78,000 Idahoans in the so-called Medicaid gap this week, walking away from the 2016 session without addressing the critical health care needs of their neighbors who make too much money to be considered for Medicaid and too little to access subsidized coverage through the Your Health Idaho exchange.