CEO Testified at Senate Committee Meeting
Kevin Bailey, CEO of the Idaho Nonprofit Center, spoke against HB170 this morning during the Senate State Affairs committee meeting. The bill is moving forward to a floor vote. However, it will include modifications that allows for more flexibility.
Work still needs to be done to advocate for nonprofit funding and relationships with state agencies so please stay tuned for an upcoming action alert. There will be an opportunity to share your thoughts with your elected officials.
Testify against taxing nonprofit hospitals
Why this matters: Removing property tax exemptions from nonprofit healthcare institutions is a dangerous precedent that puts our whole sector’s property tax exemptions at risk.
The House Revenue and Taxation Committee will discuss H109 on Wednesday. We need nonprofit supporters in Idaho to sign up to testify against this careless bill.
Child Care and Wage Enhancement Grants
Why this matters: Childcare is a workforce retention issue. The Idaho nonprofit sector relies on the childcare sector—nonprofits can then recruit high-quality candidates to areas throughout Idaho and existing nonprofit employees can find quality, affordable care.
Idaho’s childcare industry, still recovering from the effects of the pandemic, has been depending on programs funded through federal relief funds to retain staff and maintain operations. Those funds provide wage enhancement grants to individual childcare teachers ($300 per month) and monthly facility grants to childcare programs to support operations.
Idaho’s Joint Finance and Appropriations Committee (JFAC) has abruptly stopped the funding by declining to provide approval for use by the Department of Health and Welfare.
Absentee Ballot Voting at Risk
Why this matters: Several Idaho nonprofits work on nonpartisan Get Out the Vote initiatives and many nonprofits serve people in rural communities or elderly individuals who could be greatly impacted by this bill.
A bill that would drastically limit absentee voting has passed out of the House State Affairs Committee with a vote of 6-3. The bill, introduced by Rep. Joe Alfieri from Coeur d’Alene, would only allow absentee voting for:
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