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Kelcie Moseley-Morris

Kelcie Moseley-Morris

Kelcie Moseley-Morris is an award-winning journalist who has covered many topics across Idaho since 2011. She has a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Idaho and a master’s degree in public administration from Boise State University. Moseley-Morris started her journalism career at the Moscow-Pullman Daily News, followed by the Lewiston Tribune and the Idaho Press.

Idaho’s circuit breaker changes will disproportionately affect low-income seniors

By: - May 20, 2021

The average median income of an individual using Idaho’s circuit breaker program for property tax exemption was $17,635 in 2019, according to data from the Idaho State Tax Commission. Of the 26,916 Idahoans who filed claims through the program in 2020, 85% were over the age of 65. And under new property tax law passed […]

Crowd of 100 at Idaho Capitol came to support McGeachin for governor

By: - May 19, 2021

To a crowd of more than 100 enthusiastic supporters waving flags in front of the Idaho Capitol, Lt. Gov. Janice McGeachin focused on a message about the state response to the COVID-19 pandemic, individual rights and state sovereignty against the federal government.  It was her second announcement of the day that she is running for […]

McGeachin campaign website, since taken down, says she’s running for governor

By: , and - May 18, 2021

A website with campaign information and videos of Lt. Gov. Janice McGeachin, which was taken down Tuesday evening after the Idaho Capital Sun inquired about it, said the longtime Republican is running for governor in the GOP’s May 2022 primary. If she runs and wins the primary, she’ll run in the Nov. 8, 2022, general […]

The Idaho State Capitol building

Left on the table: Millions from federal relief bill went untouched by Idaho Legislature 

By: - May 18, 2021

If you felt like it was hard to keep track of the various bills appropriating millions of dollars under consideration at the Idaho Legislature this session, you aren’t alone.  Between power struggles over whether the Legislature would retain control of federal funds between legislative sessions and battles over funding for COVID-19 testing in school and […]

Governor appoints Lori McCann to former North Idaho legislator’s seat

By: - May 17, 2021

Lori McCann, a former Lewis-Clark State College professor and business owner, has been appointed to fill the legislative seat previously held by Aaron von Ehlinger, according to a press release from Gov. Brad Little’s office. Von Ehlinger resigned at the end of April following an ethics hearing in the Idaho House of Representatives over his […]

‘It’s just an impossible system’: Identity verification system slows Idaho unemployment claims

By: - May 12, 2021

When COVID-19 hit Idaho in March 2020 and put thousands of people out of work, less than 10% of unemployment claims were fraudulent. In February of this year, those numbers were upside down – just 18% of claims were deemed legitimate, or about 4,000 claims out of nearly 20,000, according to numbers provided by the […]

A McDonald's in Boise advertises it is hiring for $11 per hour.

‘We do not want people on unemployment’: Governor announces Idaho will pull out of federal unemployment programs

By: - May 11, 2021

Gov. Brad Little announced in a press release Tuesday that Idaho will no longer participate in federal pandemic unemployment compensation programs as of June 19, citing the programs as a reason employers across the state can’t find people to fill jobs. “Employers are telling me one of the big reasons they cannot recruit and retain […]

Property tax bill passes Senate by two votes; nine Republicans vote no

By: - May 5, 2021

A property tax relief bill that raises the homeowner’s exemption by $25,000, changes details of the circuit breaker program and caps growth percentages in local budgets squeaked through the Idaho Senate on Wednesday by a vote of 19-16, with nine Republicans voting no. The Senate debated the bill for about an hour, with several senators […]

Idaho Gov. Brad Little announces veto of Idaho Legislature bill to curb executive power

Within hours, Legislature approves bills limiting governor’s emergency powers

By: - May 5, 2021

A slew of bills aimed at limiting an Idaho governor’s authority during a declared emergency passed the House and Senate during marathon floor sessions Wednesday afternoon.  The four bills are part of an effort to separate what legislators called the “key components” of two previous bills that were vetoed by Gov. Brad Little on April […]

Property tax bill advances to Idaho Senate despite bipartisan criticism

By: - May 4, 2021

Despite criticism over the speed of the process, a bill aimed at property tax relief passed the Idaho House of Representatives and made its way out of the Senate Local Government and Taxation Committee on Tuesday. It was introduced in the House Ways and Means Committee on Monday. The bill increases the homeowner’s exemption from […]

House Assistant Majority Leader Jason A. Monks

Set of three emergency powers bills awaits Idaho Senate approval

By: - May 4, 2021

With no debate, the Idaho House of Representatives passed three bills that separate what legislators called the “key components” of two previous bills that would have limited an Idaho governor’s authority during a declared emergency. Hours later, the Senate State Affairs Committee approved sending the three bills to the Senate floor to be considered on […]

‘We’re so thrilled’: Child care proponents celebrate House vote to approve grant funds

By: - May 4, 2021

Just before the House of Representatives voted on $70 million in federal child care grant funding, Rep. Brooke Green, D-Boise, handed out paper cutouts of tiny hands and feet with names and ages of children and a message that read “Fund My Future” on the back to all 70 members. Her own cutout was from […]