NOTE–Boise State Radio is part of a project called “StateImpact Idaho” which does some good non-partisan research.
A recent post at Boise State PUBLIC RADIO provides an interesting interactive map of Idaho counties which shows just how much government impact we have when it comes to jobs.
Of particular note was Ada County where the top 5 employers pay NO INCOME TAX. They are either schools, tax exempt hospitals, or the famous Micron non-profit which has lost money so often the firm will not pay taxes for many years to come.
Statewide 28 of the 44 counties show government agencies as the top employer. Also, MOST counties show more employees working for government than the private sector.
Demographics certainly plays a role, but take note of your neighbors and yourself and count how many work for city, county, state, or federal agencies including schools. You will be surprised.
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