Petco, Delta Airlines, and Best Buy have sent me emails about how they're responding to coronavirus. It seems like every organization out there flooded my inbox last week, and probably yours, too.
This is not one of those emails. Like others you may have heard from, Idaho Freedom Foundation is affected. Our office in downtown Boise will be closed to the public for a while, and many of our employees will be working from home.
But our work goes on, because now more than ever, conservative free market principles matter. We are blessed to live in a free-market system. Many private businesses, organizations, and people have willingly united to combat this virus, and they have done so without the need for government mandates or instruction. In fact, we're corresponding with Gov. Brad Little's office to encourage more free-market solutions to this crisis.
I want to thank you for supporting our work and the principles that make our free, capitalist society possible.
With that said, let me share some non-virus news:
Lawmakers agreed with us that, finally, it is time to replace Common Core with better education standards!
As of this writing, a proposal to provide fair property tax relief is on its way to passage. Additional good news: This bill will likely restrain local government spending. While it isn't as robust as the tax relief we prefer, the bill is a good start and checks a lot of important boxes.
After fighting the social justice agenda on our state's college and university campuses, I can report that the schools will see almost no increase in taxpayer support, and won't increase student fees or tution.
Yesterday, lawmakers agreed to IFF's proposal: Idaho will require each university to report its efforts to return to a core educational mission, as part of their cost reduction plans. While this doesn't directly stop leftist nonsense on campus, it puts a lot of pressure on the higher education system to get back on course.
Occupational license reforms we have worked on for close to a decade were passed by the Legislature and await the governor's signature.
With your help, IFF will not stop fighting for taxpayers and for better education, and together we will see meaningful tax relief and accountability in schools.
The cause of liberty doesn't stop in a crisis. Indeed, there's nothing more crucial. Thank you for standing with IFF to make sure our state's backbone of individual liberty and fundamental freedoms stays strong.
If you have any questions or concerns, please don't hesitate to get in touch. While access to our office downtown is restricted, our staff remains an email or phone call away. Here's hoping you and yours stay healthy and safe this spring.
Yours for freedom,