January 31, 2018

Addressing Wage Theft: When Businesses Steal from Employees

Wage theft is a big problem for Idaho.  Every year, hardworking families get fleeced by predatory contractors and employers. Sometimes, employers steal from their workers without them knowing it by exploiting loopholes in labor laws. Other times, it is a simple clerical error identified when the employee files an annual tax return. I have been working on legislation to help Idahoans …

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January 31, 2018

Idaho STEM Action Center Selected as Finalist for STEM Coalition Challenge

STEM Action Center

The brightest minds in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) are often the catalyst for the economic growth, development, and success of this country. On January 16, US2020, an organization launched in 2013 at the White House Science Fair for the purpose of developing STEM in both schools and the workforce, announced the 2018 STEM Coalition Challenge finalists. …

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January 31, 2018

Press Release On Majority Reckless Tax Cut

  HOUSE DEMOCRATS CALL TAX CUTS RECKLESS Idaho’s budget shortfalls and deferments should be addressed first BOISE — This morning, Rep. Mike Moyle R-Star, proposed a $201.9 million tax cut, the majority of which will go to Idaho’s highest earners — putting further strain on an already underfunded higher education system, a disparate K-12 funding model, and an eroding transportation …

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January 16, 2018

Democratic Legislators Respond to Otter’s Speech (Video)

Welcome, and thank you all for coming today. We’d like to thank Governor Otter for his State of the State address, and his service to the state of Idaho. Even though we haven’t always seen eye to eye when it comes to politics and policy, we appreciate his spirit of civil discourse and we know he cares about Idahoans and …

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January 16, 2018

It Is Time To Address Workforce Housing in Idaho

I recently published this statewide op-ed on affordable housing. In 1992, the Idaho House of Representatives passed House Bill 756, creating the Idaho Housing Trust Fund. At the time, a responsible legislature realized that creating pathways to safe and decent housing for hardworking Idahoans and low-income households were in the best interests of all Idahoans. Immediately thereafter, lawmakers stopped being …

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