Hollywood Needs Idaho Taxpayer Money

Remember, Big Hollywood needs your money more than you do. At least that’s what I hear our state lawmakers saying. The Senate’s commerce panel voted Tuesday in favor of a bill that would keep a tax rebate for the film industry on the books until 2020. The rebate has never been funded even though it’s been in place since 2008; it is set to expire this summer if the Legislature and governor do not act. Read More...
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Idahoans Underestimate Dependence on Federal Dollars

A survey of Idahoans finds most believe the state’s reliance on federal funding is a big problem, and that the governor and Legislature should do more to track the federal money the state receives. Read More...
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Idaho Ready for Criminal Justice Reform

In years past, some saw criminal justice reform in Idaho as a political hot potato, but the issue has recently become a priority, giving policymakers an opportunity to harvest gains for both public safety and taxpayers. The Idaho Legislature is currently considering Senate Bill 1357, which provides this opportunity. Read More...
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Important Message from Naturalized Citizen and Member of the Tea Party

My name is Tony. I was born in El Salvador. Now I live in Idaho and I am US citizen. I am very concerned about what direction this great country is moving. I see that politicians in Washington D.C. worry about their carriers more then they worry about American people. That is why I support and joined Tea Party Movement last year. Read More...
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Otter magic: Turning $140 million and 6 percent into $104 million and 3.7 percent

If you’re a supporter of struggling magicians, consider Gov. Butch Otter’s budget recommendation a victory for the performing arts and executive branch sleight of hand. Otter’s magic trick allows him to propose a budget that calls for considerable new spending in education, health care, natural resources and criminal justice—he also recommends more than $17 million for the replacement of old cars and other equipment in agencies— and still manage to keep the general fund budget to a 3.7 percent increase. Read More...
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If Ottercare is not repealed, at least reform the heck out of it

This Legislature and this governor put in place this disaster that many, including me, are calling Ottercare. And if they intend to continue with implementation of the president’s signature law and government takeover of health care, they’ll need to address their own failure in 2013 to create the proper oversight that allowed the state insurance exchange to be a hotbed of cronyism and secretiveness. Read More...
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Anyone Paying Attention to the Workforce Development Fund?

If a company were to receive taxpayer subsidies and then close, you’d think there would be some kind of reaction. Maybe an inquiry. Or a spark of pretend outrage, to make it appear as if there’s a modicum of concern about the money you and I are forced to spend to subsidize businesses that later close. Read More...
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The Unaffordable Identity Theft Act

The mandated portal giving government bureaucrats and thieves access to all of your Constitutionally protected private information, happily brought to you by Barack Obama and the National Democratic Party and dutifully funded with the help of the RINO party led by John Boehner. Read More...
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Common Core Recommendations

The primary concern I have with Common Core Standards and public education is that the state, local educators, and parents control the content of education. America has a long tradition of local control over education that must be protected. Read More...
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Medicaid Expansion is the Classic Wolf Dressed in Sheep's Clothing

There seems to be a lot of new hype within the last few weeks about expanding Medicaid in Idaho. I’ve seen some op-eds recently, and some of my legislative friends have been exposed to meetings in which the Obamacare sales team—Big Insurance, Big Hospitals, Big Medicine and Big Business—were busy making the pitch using new slogans and catchphrases in order to make policymakers believe expansion of the health care program for the poor is a can’t lose proposition. Read More...
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