Dustin is a contributor to Watchdog.org and news director for IdahoReporter.com in Boise, Idaho. His work has been featured by Reason, Townhall.com, Fox News, the Washington Examiner, the Spokesman Review and Public Sector Inc., among others. Steve Forbes also tweeted one of Dustin's stories one time.

Idaho Legislature may strengthen ban on local minimum wage laws

By   /  February 10, 2016  /  Economy, Idaho, Jobs + Growth, News, State Government  /  No Comments

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A tale of Idaho two cities might force state legislators to clarify a ban on local governments enacting their own minimum wage laws. The House Business Committee has introduced a bill to affirm that the Legislature alone holds the power to set the state’s minimum wage. Only committee Democrats voted against the bill. The plan […]

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Idaho House budget leaders coordinated protest vote against tax relief

By   /  February 8, 2016  /  Budget and Spending, Idaho, News, Taxes  /  No Comments

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The two leaders of the of the House budget-writing committee coordinated to send a message to their colleagues last week. House Appropriations Chair Maxine Bell, R-Jerome, told IdahoReporter.com Monday she and the panel’s vice chair, Rep. Marc Gibbs, R-Grace, voted against a $28 million tax cut bill in protest. “It was about what we know […]

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Idaho House approves tax cut, but key senator remains uncommitted

By   /  February 4, 2016  /  Idaho, News, State Budgets, State Government, Taxes  /  No Comments

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The Idaho House of Representatives passed a $28 million tax cut and an increase in the grocery tax credit Wednesday, but the plan might meet a roadblock in the state Senate. The plan, sponsored by House Majority Leader Mike Moyle, R-Star, would cut taxes slightly on workers who earn more than $7,260 a year, giving them […]

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Idaho House votes to block local regulation of plastic bags

By   /  February 3, 2016  /  Energy and Environment, Idaho, News  /  No Comments

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Members of the Idaho House voted 52-17 to ban cities and counties from regulating plastic bags, a popular trend in cities across the country. The bill, sponsored by Rep. Clark Kauffman, R-Filer, now heads to the Idaho Senate for consideration. Kauffman told colleagues his proposal would prevent patchwork regulation across Idaho and give consumers consistent […]

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Idaho legislative committee approves powdered alcohol ban

By   /  January 29, 2016  /  Idaho, News  /  No Comments

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Idaho Freedom Foundation President Wayne Hoffman stood as the lone dissenter at the committee meeting. During his testimony, Hoffman pulled out a 3 oz. bottle of alcohol and pointed out how easily people can conceal the product, which the state liquor store already sells.

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During economic recovery, Idaho welfare rolls continue to grow

By   /  January 29, 2016  /  Idaho, News, State Budgets, State Government  /  No Comments

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Dependence on government welfare programs continues to grow, even as more Idahoans return to work in an economy limping out of the Great Recession. Idaho Department of Health and Welfare Director Dick Armstrong told budget committee members last week that 21.1 percent of Idahoans relied on some sort of government program for assistance each month […]

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