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 …

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March 8, 2016

Ottercare Keeps Rising From the Dead

Last week, I attended yet another meeting about the Primary Care Access Program (PCAP). In this iteration, comparisons were made to two existing medical care programs undergoing reforms in Idaho. These programs receive significant federal support, and PCAP, commonly called “Ottercare”, relies on a wasteful $30 million in Idaho taxpayers’ dollars. The “Idaho solution” leaves those in the gap without protections against …

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March 8, 2016

Confused?

What do bills like American laws for American Courts or growing Idaho’s businesses have in common? How about bibles in schools versus healthcare for children? Confused? Need a hint? They’re all just “personal statements,” according to Speaker of the House Scott Bedke. They don’t need a vote–or often even a discussion–because their merits don’t matter. This session, my colleagues and I have …

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February 25, 2016

Frank and Bethine Church Gala This Saturday

My highest priority is restoring balance and opportunity in our state. But, I can’t do it alone. There’s strength in numbers, and that’s why the Frank and Bethine Church Gala is such an important event. Every year, the Gala brings together Democrats from every corner of the state: established and emerging leaders, committed partners, honored guests, and other people who believe that every …

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February 25, 2016

Free Tax Filing – Don’t Miss It!

It’s coming faster than you think: the filing deadline for federal tax returns is Monday, April 18th. Through the IRS Free File program, any Idahoan who made $62,000 or less last year can prepare those returns online at no cost. It’s simple, fast, free, and roughly 70 percent of taxpayers are eligible. All you need is an e-mail address, a copy of …

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