Empty Promises: Farm Workers Face Poverty Wages and Fraud in Idaho while Legislative Committee Offers False Hope

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.

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Not Making the Grade: Nonprofit Hospitals Fail in Their Charity Care Mission

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.

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A Debt Unpaid: Nonprofit Hospitals Fail in Their Community Benefits Mission

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.

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Public Health or Private Wealth? Who’s Cashing in on St. Luke’s Riches?

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.

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Searching For Work That Pays: 1999 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.