Over the last 25 years, Idaho K-12 school spending has grown by 87 percent and higher education by just 26 percent, adjusted for inflation. Prison spending has increased by over 200 percent. Even as the number of young Idahoans receiving post-secondary education is ticking up, progress is slow. Meanwhile, incarceration has skyrocketed, putting up barriers in education, employment, and housing for Idahoans returning to their communities. This talk will discuss these policy choices and their implications for long-term economic growth.
Lauren Necochea is the director of the Idaho Center for Fiscal Policy and concurrently directs Idaho Voices for Children. Both are programs of Jannus, Inc. Lauren previously oversaw and evaluated programs addressing children’s safety and health hazards for the Baltimore City Health Department. Prior to that, she was a policy fellow with joint appointments at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and Princeton University’s Center for Health and Wellbeing. She has evaluated anti-poverty programs internationally and was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship to study microfinance in Peru. Lauren earned her Master in Public Affairs at Princeton University and holds a B.A. in Economics from Pomona College.
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