Public Affairs Report
“McCall region looks to grow, starting with broadband” discusses how the West Central Mountains Economic Development Council is working with the Idaho Policy Institute to attract and retain talent.
The Idaho Policy Institute’s report, which was commissioned by the council, noted that “businesses are seeing both high rates of turnover and large gaps in the labor pool, particularly when it comes to entry-level positions and positions requiring skilled labor and technical expertise and experience.” It also noted that “the housing market and overall cost of living may be contributing to these challenges.”
Fry said that institute is planning to survey high school students in the region to identify future workforce development partnerships.
Originating Source: https://news.boisestate.edu/update/2018/10/25/vanessa-crossgrove-fry-5/ , https://idahobusinessreview.com/2018/10/17/mccall-region-looks-to-grow-starting-with-broadband/ , https://sps.boisestate.edu/blog/2018/11/vanessa-crossgrove-fry-quoted-in-idaho-business-review/
An Oct. 17 article in Popular Science, “The most important science policy issue in ever state,” by April Reese quoted John Freemuth. The most important issue in Idaho, according to the article, is “sharing the forests.” Freemuth commented on the “good neighbor” plan in which foresters work with U.S. Forest Service officials on federal projects.
Originating Source: https://news.boisestate.edu/update/2018/10/22/john-freemuth-176/
MPA students Beth Norton and Casey Petti had their work detailed in an article by the Arbiter. The article, entitled, “Students shine a light on housing insecurity on campus,” gave Norton and Petti a platform to discuss their research on housing for students at Boise State. Check out the full article here. If you or someone you know is struggling with food or housing, please view this flyer and utilize the resources Boise State has to offer.
Jen Schneider, professor and director of the PhD in Public Policy and Administration program, and Vanessa Crossgrove Fry, assistant research professor and research director of the Idaho Policy Institute, published an article in the Oct. 15 edition of the journal Society and Natural Resources.
Their article, “Convoluted Journeys: Integrating Nonprofit Organizations and University Science,” looks at nonprofit environmental organizations to better understand how they use scientific data in water management decision making.
The project identifies how nonprofit organizations may sometimes use scientific information in ways that are at odds with how university scientists conceive of, or practice, science. It also provides suggestions on how universities might address some of these challenges.
Fry’s presentation, “Pay for Success: A Policy Innovation for Social and Economic Stability,” was part of the Budget Priorities plenary.
Pay for Success is a financing model that uses private sector and/or philanthropic capital to pay for preventive social services. Fry has written and presented extensively on the Pay for Success model as a tool for addressing chronic homelessness in Boise.
The Biden Institute and the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs and Administration organized the Sept. 28 conference as a way to generate ideas for revitalizing the middle class, seeking answers to the question, “What policy solutions do you propose to ensure America a growing and thriving middle class, that they continue to be relevant?”
Originating Source: https://news.boisestate.edu/update/2018/10/18/vanessa-crossgrove-fry-4/
Vanessa Crossgrove Fry was quoted in a recent Idaho Press article about eviction rates and homelessness. “Boise’s boom sparks questions of elevated eviction rates” looked at Boise’s increasingly tight housing market, rising rents and how eviction impacts the lives of the evicted.
“When we look across the country where we see low vacancy rates, that’s where we see higher rates of eviction because the landlords have a desire to have people in there that are paying on a regular basis,” said Fry. “Because there’s a high demand, they can be selective and get someone in there that would be able to make the payments.”
Originating Sources: https://news.boisestate.edu/update/2018/10/10/vanessa-crossgrove-fry-3/ , https://www.idahopress.com/news/local/boise-s-boom-sparks-questions-of-elevated-eviction-rates/article_3742acb9-0b59-535f-bc02-ca6e7f6d589a.html#utm_campaign=blox&utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=social
On April 13th, Dr. John Freemuth was published in Publius: The Journal of Federalism for his article titled “Happy Combination? Great Interests, Particular Interests, and State-Federal Conflicts over Public Lands.” Dr. Freemuth is an expert in the public lands with many publications to his name. Find the full article, for free, in Oxford Academic.
Originating Source: https://academic.oup.com/publius/article/48/3/454/4970166
Jonathan Krutz, Boise State Marketing Department faculty member and PhD student in Public Administration and Public Policy, was interviewed recently by Chuck Malloy, columnist with Idaho Politics Weekly, about Idaho’s Proposition One. Malloy’s column appeared in several Idaho newspapers. Krutz discussed the unconstitutional nature of the proposed rapid-bet gambling machines and the heavy costs such machines bring to communities. Krutz researches the impacts of gambling on people, on economies, and on the public policy process. Earlier this fall, as president of Stop Predatory Gambling Idaho, he wrote the arguments against Proposition One for the Idaho Secretary of State’s Voter’s Pamphlet.
Find the full article in Idaho Politics Weekly.
Luke Fowler published an article in the Aug. 5 edition of State and Local Government Review. His piece, “Intergovernmental Relations and Energy Policy: What We Know and What We Still Need to Learn,” reviews intergovernmental relations in energy policy, including overlaps between national, state and local authorities. It also illustrates why intergovernmental energy policy issues are such an important area of inquiry, reviews current scholarship and suggests possible avenues for future research.
Professor John Freemuth Participated in the Fourth Biennial Public Lands Foundation Student Congress
John Freemuth participated for the fourth time as an advisor for the recent Fourth Biennial Public Lands Foundation Student Congress in Baker City, Oregon. Freemuth also nominated Christopher Torres, a student pursuing a doctoral degree at Boise State in public policy and administration, to participate.
Original Source: https://news.boisestate.edu/update/2018/09/05/john-freemuth-175/