Many Idaho families do not have health insurance. By using federal funds, Idaho can expand access to Medicaid so more children and working families receive the important health coverage they need.
Idaho farmworkers have no protection under the minimum wage law and are being cheated out of wages by farm labor contractors. This report explains the need for equal protection under the state’s minimum wage law and how to ensure farmworkers receive their earned wages.
Many working families in Washington live below the poverty level. This report discusses why Washington should seek living wages.
Economic development in Jackson County, OR in the 1990’s has not created viable jobs for many residents. However, rethinking economic development could make a positive difference.
Many non-profit hospitals providing charity care around the Northwest are no longer maintaining their charitable missions. Non-profit hospitals should be held accountable to their primary obligations to serve the community.
The conversion of hospitals from non-profits to for-profits has turned community assets into private wealth and altered the level of service given to the communities they serve. This report discusses why the tradition of non-profit hospitals should continue.
Saint Luke’s, Idaho’s wealthiest non-profit hospital has millions in the bank and pays its top executives millions of dollars a year while turning low-income patients over to collection agencies or forcing liens upon their property. Change in hospital policies must occur.
- Northwest Job Gap Study
- Idaho Job Gap Study
- Montana Job Gap Study
- Oregon Job Gap Study
- Washington Job Gap Study
The 1999 Job Gap Study calculates a basic family budget for different family structures. Based on this “living wage,” the study then estimates the number and proportion of job openings that provide a sufficient wage to support and individual or a family’s basic needs without relying on public assistance.