Idaho

Six States to Craft Election Security Plans Through National Academy

The National Governors Association-sponsored policy academy will help officials from Arizona, Hawaii, Idaho, Minnesota, Nevada and Virginia devise communications and response plans to deploy if their election systems come under attack.

Why Eating Roadkill Makes Roads Safer for People and Animals

States are legalizing roadkill salvaging to feed communities and track animal migration.

Medicaid Expansion Won Big on Election Day

Three out of four conservative states approved measures, while the election of a Democratic governor in Maine seemingly ends the Republican effort to block last year’s successful referendum.

Appeals Court Finds That Anti-Camping Ordinance Violates Eighth Amendment Protections

The Martin v. City of Boise ruling offers caution for local governments looking to prosecute homeless people for sleeping on the streets without having adequate shelter resources.

Another Example of a Simple Idea That’s Spread From One City to Another

In Boise, traffic box art has become an important visual element of the downtown streetscape.

How Some State Capitals—And State Capitols—Honor County Governments

In some seats of government, pay attention for special seals, street names and even dioramas that honor counties.

All 50 States Now Protect Public Breastfeeding

The Trump administration got headlines for trying to remove pro-breastfeeding language from a World Health Organization resolution, but in the U.S. the last two states this spring passed laws allowing public breastfeeding.

As Trump Threatens NAFTA (Again), States With the Most on the Line Ahead of Trade Talks

A reminder of some of the places that could see an economic backlash if the president ends up blowing up the North American trade deal.

Why It's Illegal to Roll Through Stop Signs on Your Bike—For Now

Many bicycle advocates see the "Idaho stop" as codifying what they already do at stop signs.

Western Governors to Congress: More Power Please

"We find ourselves continually having to ask the federal government: ‘Mother may I?’” Idaho Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter said.

The Gem State Is Now the Nation’s Fastest Growing

Newly released U.S. Census Bureau figures show growth—and population loss—in the 50 states.

State and Local Leaders in Idaho Are Eager to Attract Foreign Investment

“It’s increasingly more important,” state Sen. Kelly Anthon told Route Fifty.

Trump’s Federal Land-Use Regulatory Battle Targets Obama’s Sage Grouse Rules

“They might as well form a shotgun posse to kill off the species directly,” according to a Center for Biological Diversity activist.

Federal Dam Managers Choose Not to Flood Boise

Also in our State and Local Daily Digest: Connecticut state government readies for layoffs; N.Y.C. eyes nation’s highest cigarette taxes; and lack of transparency in Jefferson City.

Rural Millennials Flock to Eastern Idaho; Pa. Gov. Looks to More Consolidation

Also in our State and Local Weekend Digest: Wyoming looks to trim state workforce; New Jersey short-term rental regulations; and an embattled town manager in Maine awaits his fate.

Case Study: Ada County, Idaho, Highway District Automates Citizen Service Requests

“We turned our electronic records management system into a business process automation system," according to the district’s information records administrator.

Undocumented Immigrants Have Big Impact on Idaho Agriculture; ‘City of Denver’ Instagram Identity?

Also in our State and Local Daily Digest: Changes to Ohio’s sex offender registry could be coming; San Francisco budget “rebalancing”; don’t feed New York City’s raccoons.

Navigator Award Finalist: Brian W. Ness, Director, Idaho Transportation Department

Transforming a state transportation agency by empowering its employees to pinpoint cost savings and find operational efficiencies.

From Idaho, a Municipal Fiber Model That Allows Developers to Innovate

Ammon’s residents can opt in and out of the city’s network and switch between independent ISPs instantly—ending cable monopolies.