Pew Study: Idaho Does Poorly in Examining Cost-Benefit of Tax Dollars



Idaho gets lousy marks in a new report, out this morning, that indicates that the Gem State does a poor job in tracking its cost-benefit analysis of its taxpayers' money.

The study, published today by the Pew Charitable Trusts' Results First initiative, pointed to Idaho and 10 other states—Arizona, Kentucky, Montana, Nevada, North Dakota, South Dakota, West Virginia and Wyoming—as trailing the rest of the nation in "overall production, scope, and use of cost-benefit analyses."

Conversely, getting high marks were Florida, Kansas, Missouri, Minnesota, New York, North Carolina, Utah, Virginia, Washington and Wisconsin.

According to the study, Idaho had only issued two cost-benefit studies since 2008, one in 2009 and another in 2010, compared to Washington State which has pushed out 23 analyses to its taxpayers in the same time period.

Pew researchers said their report is "intended to serve as a resource for policy leaders seeking to expand their use of cost-benefit analysis and as a baseline for future studies ... to better inform tough budget and policy choices."