Rigged to Fail

Report Card: Idaho Policies are Failing Working Families

Raising the wage and protecting child support are critical steps in helping workers move from barely surviving to thriving.

BOISE — A healthy, thriving environment that allows workers to move beyond living paycheck-to-paycheck is good for families, good for business, good for the community, and good for the economy.

Unfortunately, in Idaho, state policies too often seem rigged against workers and their families, preventing people from getting ahead no matter how hard they struggle. Low wages, a lack of good-paying jobs, inequitable tax systems, sky-rocketing education costs and debilitating debt especially impact low-income families.

A new report card, “Rigged to Fail: When state policies suppress workers’ ability to make ends meet,” released today by Idaho Community Action Network, gives Idaho an “F” when it comes to passing policies that help workers and their families get ahead. Here is a copy of the report.

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Statewide Community Organizer Position Open

Job Description

Overall responsibility: The Idaho Community Action Network Statewide Organizer builds and mobilizes a statewide network of community members to impact key issue, fights and advance win-win policies that benefit communities of color, low-income people, and their communities. The ICAN Statewide Organizer works with supervisors to develop a coordinated organizing plan, conduct direct canvass-based community outreach, implement a membership and grassroots fundraising plan, develop committed leaders to contribute skills towards the organization, and mobilize ICAN members to educate decision-makers, opinion leaders, the media and the public. This position requires frequent travel to key regions across the state (up to 10 days of travel per month). Continue reading

Breaking Barriers- Improving Access to Health Care in Idaho

Idaho Breaking Barriers

“Breaking Barriers” is a 10-state study analyzing the significant impediments and racial disparities in enrollment in health coverage under the Affordable Care Act, and access to health care, even after enrollment. The report includes specific recommendations for systemic improvements to assure fair and equitable access to quality health care for all.