The top story of today is how Governor Otter is attempting to solve the budget probelms that he's facing, caused by a short fall of tax money into the state.
The lead agency featured in the story is the Department of Corrections. We are a fortunate state to have both Otter and IDOC Director Brent Reinke on duty to help solve these crushing effects on the lives of people throughout the state. They are problem solvers.
Amid the rubble of this particular financial crushing is a small but true fact: organizations like New Hope Community Health and other fine firms that deal with ex-inmate aftercare, stand ready to take on more incarcerated individuals...relieving a portion of the budget pressure and helping the individuals who need positive direction and change, as they reenter society. Every dollar is precious to the peoplewho pay taxes AND to the people who are charged with spending those tax dollars.
Currently New Hope houses 114 men and women and we have many others taking classes and receiving case management and treatment from our staff. If given the green light by tall of he communities, the state and the administration we, and others, stand ready to help even more people.
We are in our third year of helping with this problem.
It looks like this may well be the time for all of us to come together to help solve the financial crisis within Idaho.