From the Executive Director: Week of March 9, 2020

First of all, brace yourselves for a flurry of emails on Medicaid expansion and property tax caps. Over the next week, the House will consider 2-3 bills related to Medicaid expansion, including the role of counties in funding Medicaid expansion. There are two competing Medicaid expansion funding bills. The first bill, House Bill 600 directs …

From the Executive Director: Week of March 2, 2020

This past week, the House voted 46-23 to approve House Bill 409. The bill now advances to the Senate where members of the Senate Local Government and Taxation Committee are negotiating amendments to replace the freeze language with a temporary cap in local government property tax budget increases. While no deal has been reached, there …

From the Executive Director: Week of February 22, 2020

As we enter the home stretch of the 2020 Legislative Session, two issues remain unresolved for counties: how to fund Medicaid expansion and how to provide property tax relief. I’m personally meeting with members of the House and Senate on both issues as stakeholders strive to find a path forward that addresses legislative concerns while …

From the Executive Director: Week of February 17, 2020

As most of you are no doubt aware, property taxes dominated the legislative calendar last week. The House Revenue and Taxation Committee held a three-day hearing to consider House Bill 409 (property tax freeze). During the hearing, the committee heard testimony from taxpayers primarily from Ada and Canyon Counties supporting H0409 and city, county, and …

From the Executive Director: Week of February 10

I want to thank those of you who took the time to travel to Boise last week and attend IAC’s annual Midwinter Legislative Conference. During the course of the week we heard from Governor Little, legislative leadership, and legislators chairing committees germane to county government. I hope each of you were able to have meaningful …

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