The Idaho Spending Index provides an unbiased measure of how Idaho legislators apply these values to their spending bill voting behavior, while providing a fiscally conservative perspective on the state’s budgeting. help you to Each invoice is analyzed within the context of the following metrics: They receive 1 (+1) point for each metric that is met by a freely focused policy decision and lose 1 (-1) point for each instance where the opposite is true. The sum of these points constitutes your invoice score.
Analyst: Niklas Kleinworth
Invoice Description: Senate Bill 1177 allots $34,885,600 and 48.79 full-time positions to special college programs for fiscal year 2024.
Is this budget free of wasteful spending in any fund, including new line items? Conversely, this budget includes provisions to reduce spending where possible. (i.e. base reductions, debt adjustments, etc.)?
Senate Bill 1177 provides $218,900 for technical assistance grants. These funds provide a business development grant process for “very small businesses (VSBs), socially and economically disadvantaged individuals (SEDIs), and minority-owned businesses in the state.” federally procured from the US Relief Plans Act to The funds will also be used to provide him with one new full-time position in grants management.
This is a waste of taxpayer dollars as these funds are allocated based on the immutable characteristics of the business owner. This is a discriminatory policy that does not distribute funds based on merit. Additionally, these funds are sourced from ARPA, making it particularly inappropriate to create this new entitlement program with these temporary funds. , they argued, that these funds should be used to directly benefit the grandchildren. This does not include creating new qualification programs to subsidize private companies.
Is the maintenance budget inappropriate for the state’s needs, the size of the agency, or the inflationary environment of the economy? Conversely, given the state’s needs and economic pressures, is the maintenance budget appropriate?
The legislation sets the maintenance budget for special programs at $33,350,300, an increase of only 4.4% from base over the past three years. This rate is much slower than the rate of inflation during the same period, indicating a modest increase in the cost of maintaining an agency.
Does this budget perpetuate or expand the state’s dependence on the federal dollar, thereby violating the principles of federalism? Aggressively reduce the amount?
The act allocates $4,747,600 in federal funds to support the Department of Education’s Special Programs Division. It accounts for approximately 14% of the total agency budget. This budget expands the department’s reliance on funding from Washington, DC, as it includes items to expand the use of federal dollars to create new qualification programs and full-time positions.
Will the budget grow the government through the addition of new permanent FTPs or through funding illegal efforts to create new or expanded qualification programs? Will you reduce the size of government personnel and programs unless mandated by law?
Senate Bill 1177 allocates 1.70 new full-time positions to the Special Programs Division. As mentioned earlier in this rating, one of these new FTPs is the Technical Assistance Grant Manager. The agency has also added 0.5 FTP to the part-time Rural Services Consultant position and aims to reinstate the retirement of FTP from fiscal year 2021. Used to pay the new coordinator. Both new positions are only partially funded by the state budget and only add 0.1 new FTP each. The addition of these new FPS will increase the overall size and ongoing cost of government.