March 16, 2016

Change the “Nexus,” Change the State

Right now, internet retailers are operating sales-tax-free. That’s bad for businesses that call Idaho home, and bad for our state’s revenues. Bringing large corporate stores into the fold will enable us to give schools needed resources and make our businesses more competitive. That’s why I voted last week to introduce legislation to redefine which businesses can be taxed. We’ve taken our …

Continue reading
March 16, 2016

Turning the Tide Against Widespread Financial Hardship

Financial hardship is everywhere in our state – and some places feel it more than others. That’s what we know from a new United Way study. But it doesn’t have to be that way. Legislation within our reach can give more Idahoans the opportunity to earn enough to meet their needs while strengthening the economy. That’s why I co-authored a …

Continue reading
March 16, 2016

Budget Breakdown II: Higher Education

Numbers don’t lie. They paint a picture: people here are paying more for the opportunity to make better lives for themselves. There’s a lack of vision – unless that vision intends to deny hard-working people a fair shot at today’s jobs. That’s why we’re working hard to chart a different path forward. Here’s where higher education funding is today: Since 2009, we’ve …

Continue reading
March 16, 2016

Outdoor Enthusiasts Deserve More Than Private Pheasant Hunts

Let’s call a spade a spade: public lands aren’t public when they’re sold – or leased for years at a time. This week, I advanced my resolution HCR 53 to the House floor, and it’s likely to pass the House on Friday.   It makes legislators’ intent clear: we’re “opposed to any proposals that bar Idaho hunters, anglers and trappers from accessing …

Continue reading
March 8, 2016

Erpelding Boils Down the Budget

JFAC, the state’s budget committee, set a budget last week that provides K-12 schools with more resources—including much-needed investments in teachers’ pay and classroom technology. With a number of important education bills still in limbo, this budget isn’t complete – but even if these “trailer bills” are passed and funded, this budget will fall short of even the Governor’s recommendation, and even further from what …

Continue reading