Monthly Archives: July 2014

Idaho and the 2014 Kids Count Report

by Glenn Mosley

Idaho Public Radio

A new report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation, the 25th edition of Kids Count, has found that Massachusetts is at the top of the list and Mississippi the bottom in four areas concerning the well being of the nation’s children: economic well-being, education, health and family/community.

Idaho ranks 21st overall. Most of the states in the Midwest and Mountain regions ranked in the middle of overall child well-being.

Idaho ranks 20th in economic well-being; 33rd in education; 20th in health; and 11th in family/community.

The report has been published every year since 1990. In the Foreword, the Foundation states, “When we launched the first Data Book 25 years ago, we hoped that it would raise public awareness and build public commitment to invest in solutions to ensure that each and every child has the opportunity to thrive and to reach his or her full potential.”

The report acknowledges that since 1990, enormous changes have taken place in the country in terms of the economy, family, and gender roles. For example, in 1990, 58% of mothers with children under the age of six were employed. That number climbed to 64% in 2013.

Further, the report says that advances in medicine and public health, as well as rising public health care coverage, have reduced child mortality rates and improved the health of children.

The report concludes “If we want to ensure that the next generation is prepared to effectively compete in a global economy…we must act. With the right investments, we can provide all families and children with the opportunity to reach their full potential and, in the process, strengthen both our economy and our nation.”

On the web:

2014 Kids Count Report

http://www.aecf.org/m/resourcedoc/aecf-2014kidscountdatabook-2014.pdf

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Former Idaho Gov. John Evans Dies at 89

By Glenn Mosley, Idaho Public Radio

 

Former Idaho Governor John Evans has died at the age of 89. He served as governor of Idaho from 1977- 1987.

Marty Peterson, who served as state budget director for Gov. Evans, said, “I think that John Evans success as governor was substantial. He had a much lower personal profile, both as Governor and after, than many other governors. But if there was ever a case of still waters running deep in the governorship, it would apply to John Evans. He was governor during a time when the state was facing its greatest economic difficulties in half a century. Yet during that time, working with both state agency personnel and the Legislature, he helped insure that Idaho citizens continued to receive essential services, while managing to maintain a balanced budget. By the time he left office in 1987, the state was on its way toward a period of unparalleled prosperity. Much of what we enjoy in Idaho today is a legacy to the leadership of John Evans as Idaho’s governor.”

 

Gov. Evans waiting to talk to the crowd in Kellogg at the Old Miner's Day Parade in 1982. (Photo courtesy University of Idaho Library Digital Initiatives)

Gov. Evans waiting to talk to the crowd in Kellogg at the Old Miner’s Day Parade in 1982. (Photo courtesy University of Idaho Library Digital Initiatives)

Pat Costello, who served as the Governor’s legal counsel and senior assistant, said, “Governor Evans should also be remembered for a wise, balanced approach on natural resource management issues. I believe he was viewed as an honest broker between conservationists and development interests in wilderness area negotiations and water use policy. He held the Idaho National Laboratory to its commitments not to contaminate the Snake River aquifer while remaining a strong supporter of INLs radioactive waste management mission and energy research programs.”

The funeral will be held at 5:00 pm Friday at the Cathedral of the Rockies in Boise.

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U- Idaho McClure Center Survey: Transportation and the Economy

A new study from the McClure Center at the University of Idaho says that about half of likely voters in Idaho believe that increasing funding for roads and bridges should be among the legislature’s top three priorities. Idaho Public Radio’s Glenn Mosley reports. (:57   )

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The statewide public opinion survey was conducted by the McClure Center for Public Policy Research at the UI to look at public attitudes about the state’s roads and bridges, the conditions they’re in, and how maintaining this infrastructure should be funded.

The survey found that likely voters generally think roads and bridges are in adequate shape today, but won’t be ten years from now. Priscilla Salant, the center’s interim director, says almost all likely voters make a connection between the economy and roads and bridges:

Priscilla Salant:  “The conclusion I draw is that our elected leaders are going to have to figure out how to raise revenue for something that Idaho voters clearly see as important.”

However, the survey also found that voters expressed the most support for funding sources that are the least likely to generate significant levels of funding, such as increasing registration fees.

I’m Glenn Mosley.

On the web:

McClure Center survey

http://www.uidaho.edu/class/mcclure-center/news/highway-funding

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GUNS ON CAMPUS, DAY ONE

Idaho’s new guns on campus law went into effect on Tuesday. The University of Idaho held an open forum to answer questions and address concerns. Idaho Public Radio’s Glenn Mosley reports. (1:45)

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The bottom line for University of Idaho officials is this– the gun on campus bill was something the university strongly opposed, and indeed argued and debated against in the state legislature. But the bill was passed, and the law is the law.

UI officials said during an open forum Tuesday that any university employee who fails to comply with the law can be subject to discipline.

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Matt Dorschel, the UI’s executive director of public safety and security, who was part of a university task force charged with implementing the new law, says this is new to everyone and he wants the university community to be well- informed:

Matt Dorschel: “Well, I think they have legitimate concerns, and I can’t tell the faculty and staff or our students what those concerns should be, but I want them to voice them.”

The university’s policies in terms of implementing the new state law were described Tuesday as a work in progress as questions were posed at the open forum by university employees. One question, for example, was whether a faculty member could ban guns from his/her classroom or office; the answer was no.

Idaho’s new guns on campus law, which went into effect along with all the other new state laws on Tuesday, allows qualified retired law enforcement officers and individuals who have obtained an Idaho “enhanced” concealed weapon license to possess a concealed firearm on public colleges and university property, although there are exceptions. Concealed weapons cannot be carried in student dormitories or residence halls or at public entertainment and sporting facilities with a seating capacity of greater than 1,000. At the UI, that means concealed weapons are not allowed at the Kibbie Dome, the Student Union Building, and Memorial Gym.

I’m Glenn Mosley.

On the web:

U- Idaho FAQs on weapons on campus:

http://www.uidaho.edu/public-safety-and-security/Weapons-on-Campus

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