Is Idaho’s population slipping into poverty? There is a nearly $10,000 difference between the annual sum of the average weekly wage in Idaho, and what may be a livable wage for Idahoans. And it is getting worse. In 2014 Idaho pay was 7% below the market rate. In 2017, Idaho pay is 16% below market rate.

“I think it’s shameful,” said Rep. Phylis King of ­Boise. “Some of our employees are eligible for food stamps.”

The stakes for education in Idaho have never been higher. If our education system isn’t empowering Idahoans with the skills needed to provide for themselves and their families to have successful careers and to prosper, what is it doing?

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Idaho Business Review: Lawmaker: ‘It will take us a long time to dig ourselves out’ of system of lower pay.

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