Friends and Neighbors:
As the legislative session winds to a close I have to ask what's being accomplished?
Of the 20 education taskforce recommendations just two are being (partially) implemented. Investment in college - nah.
On the jobs and economy front it's the same old, same old that's driven Idaho to number 1 in minimum wage jobs, and 50th (dead last) in wages, and 48th in support for public schools.
By same old I mean the same old plans to cut taxes for the wealthy.
Meanwhile it's all distraction all the time. Instead of investing in education they have religious discrimination, instead of a focus on jobs they run a $2 million wolf eradication bill, and instead of reversing drastic and harmful cuts to colleges they saddle them with guns on campus.
It's an age old trick. When things are bad and the people suffer, provide them with distractions. Make sure they focus on anything but what makes you look bad. And unfortunately this session is all about distractions.
I've been busy with efforts to build our economy including a Hire Idaho bill (SB-1211) giving Idaho companies the first crack at state contracts so that our tax dollars stay here at home where they're needed most. And two education bills to boost public school funding and community college access (SB-1324). And I'm a cosponsor of bipartisan legislation (SB-1357) to change our overly punitive parole system to keep people out of prison and save the taxpayer hundreds of millions of dollars over the next decade.
I predict that the 2014 session will go down as one of the most uninspiring in decades. That’s because the real issues are being put off in favor of hot-button issues that help legislators fight off challenges in the Republican closed Primary Election. I believe that the citizens of Idaho deserve more – much more.
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