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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.

‘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 […]

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 […]

House for sale near the Boise Depot

‘Not going to cut it.’ Property tax relief bill increases homeowner’s exemption by $25K.

By: - May 3, 2021

Within a matter of hours, members of the Idaho House of Representatives printed, heard and sent a property tax bill to the House floor that increases the homeowner’s exemption from $100,000 to $125,000. It includes several other provisions that would provide tax relief to commercial property owners. Rep. Mike Moyle, R-Star, introduced House Bill 389 […]

Following protests, Idaho Legislature’s finance committee will again consider child care funds

By: - May 3, 2021

Federal relief funding for child care providers will be considered again at the Joint Finance-Appropriations Committee meeting on Tuesday, following pressure from providers across the state and Gov. Brad Little’s budget chief.  The Idaho House of Representatives voted down the $200 million Division of Welfare’s budget by a vote of 27-42 in early April, with […]

A house for sale in the North End of Boise on March 21, 2021.

Idaho trust for affordable housing raises $2.1 million

By: - May 3, 2021

The LEAP Housing Trust, a Boise-based nonprofit that creates affordable housing, has raised $2.1 million for its first capital campaign. The Blue Cross of Idaho Foundation for Health donated $300,000, according to a press release, and Saint Alphonsus Health System donated $240,000. The trust creates homes with sales prices that are affordable to low-income households, […]

‘Our economy won’t recover without child care.’ Boise-area child care providers to protest Legislature’s inaction

By: - April 30, 2021

Child care centers across the Treasure Valley are scheduled to be closed Monday to call attention to $34 million in child care funding that the Idaho Legislature has not approved. Child care providers say the funds are the difference between staying open and closing their doors. The Idaho House of Representatives voted down the $200 […]

Idaho legislator resigns before House can expel him. ‘I maintain my innocence.’

By: - April 29, 2021

Just hours after the Ethics and House Policy Committee in the Idaho House of Representatives voted for his censure and suspension for conduct unbecoming of a legislator, Rep. Aaron von Ehlinger, R-Lewiston, resigned his seat. The resignation follows two days of proceedings in the ethics committee and the decision Thursday morning by members of the […]