Growth + Affordability

Redistricting Commission meets in Meridian City Hall

Meridian’s growth illustrates challenges redistricting commission faces

BY: - September 16, 2021

Residents of one of the United States’ fastest-growing cities picked apart three proposed political boundary maps during a public hearing hosted by Idaho’s bipartisan redistricting commission Thursday. Commissioners presented three new maps — two proposed congressional maps and one proposed legislative map. The maps are early rough drafts intended to spark public debate, not represent […]

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Billions of dollars in federal rental aid remains stalled in slow-moving states, localities

BY: - September 13, 2021

WASHINGTON — Make it simpler to apply for rental assistance money. Allow landlords to apply on behalf of unresponsive tenants. And consolidate two overlapping federal programs aimed at getting financial help to struggling renters. Those were among the proposals that U.S. House members weighed during a hearing Friday on how to better help states and localities […]

Idaho redistricting commission finalizing first proposed maps 

BY: - September 10, 2021

Idaho’s bipartisan redistricting commission was finalizing its first maps of proposed new political boundaries on Friday, in time for a series of public hearings that kick off next week.  The new maps are initial proposals that satisfy some of the redistricting requirements. They are designed to serve as a jumping off point for public comment. […]

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Travel nursing, housing costs add extra layer to Idaho’s COVID-19 crisis

BY: - September 10, 2021

The top nursing officer for St. Luke’s Wood River Medical Center in July wrote a letter to the editor. She pleaded with Blaine County leaders and the community to help her find affordable housing for her workforce. Almost half the nurses offered jobs at the hospital between October 2019 and October 2020 turned them down. […]

‘A tough nut to crack:’ Redistricting commissioners say redrawing boundaries won’t be easy

BY: - September 9, 2021

The difficulty of the assignment is starting to sink in for members of Idaho’s bipartisan redistricting commission.  During Thursday’s meeting at the Statehouse, commission co-chairman Bart Davis said diving into drawing new maps of legislative boundaries brought home “the realization that this is going to be as hard as people told us it was going […]

Idaho’s redistricting commission starts drawing maps

BY: - September 8, 2021

Idaho’s bipartisan redistricting commission reconvened Wednesday to begin drawing maps and prepare for five weeks of regional public hearings that begin next week.  The six commissioners — three appointed by Republicans and three appointed by Democrats — have until Nov. 30 to redraw the state’s 35 legislative districts and two congressional districts based on new […]

‘A broken system’: Idaho child care providers say they need more help to keep costs down

BY: - September 7, 2021

Editor’s Note: This is the second in an ongoing series of articles related to the cost of child care and lack of state support for early childhood education. The first story can be found here.  When tuition and federal support are factored against costs per year at Boise-based child care center Giraffe Laugh, the budget […]

Idaho redistricting commission could begin drawing proposed maps next week

BY: - September 3, 2021

Idaho’s bipartisan redistricting commission wrapped up its first three days of meetings Friday with commissioners spending additional time training with the software they will use to redraw the state’s political boundaries.  The commission didn’t take any votes or any action Friday.  Instead, commissioners convened as a group in the morning and used the rest of […]

Idaho's redistricting commission meets at Statehouse

Idaho’s redistricting commission hopes to finish first map by mid-October

BY: - September 2, 2021

Idaho’s bipartisan redistricting commission on Thursday began organizing a road show of regional public hearings and set a goal of finishing its first map by mid-October.  During the commission’s second meeting at the Statehouse, commissioners began piecing together schedules for September and October that would include public hearings in each major region of the state.  […]

Idaho redistricting committee sworn in

Redistricting commission selects former Idaho state Sens. Davis, Schmidt as chairmen

BY: - September 1, 2021

Idaho’s redistricting commission elected two former state senators Wednesday to serve as co-chairmen of the bipartisan group that will spend up to 90 days redrawing the state’s legislative and congressional districts. Former Senate Majority Leader Bart Davis, R-Idaho Falls, and former Sen. Dan Schmidt, D-Moscow, will lead the group of six commissioners through the redistricting […]

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As tax gap widens, Idaho 1 of 10 states with no obligation to disclose property’s sale price

BY: - August 31, 2021

Much has been said about the widening disparity between commercial and residential property taxes and what may be causing the burden of increasing cost to residential homeowners, but one potential cause not often discussed is the effect of Idaho’s non-disclosure laws surrounding real estate transactions. Idaho is one of 10 states where there is no […]

‘We will never make everyone happy:’ Idaho redistricting process begins Wednesday

BY: - August 30, 2021

After weeks of anticipation, Idaho’s redistricting process begins Wednesday with three days of meetings at the Statehouse in Boise. Wednesday’s initial meeting sets off a 90-day timer to redraw Idaho’s legislative and congressional districts.  It will be a delicate and dicey proposition.  Commissioners must meet all sorts of complicated criteria, from dividing as few counties […]