February 16, 2016

Online Voter Registration, A Case Study in Leadership v. Power

Leadership and power are two different things. The House minority caucus only has 14 votes in the House. There are no easy victories: every time we pass a bill, we have to work across the aisle and within our caucus to create legislation that gets the votes. Yet, even the bills that don’t pass show our leadership. When it comes …

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February 12, 2016

Homeowner’s Exemption, and Minimum Wages, Fixed in Place

Recently I voted against House Bill 431, which locks in the homeowner’s exemption at $100,000. The bill effectively guarantees that Ada County residents will pay increasing taxes on their homes as the real estate market improves. The value of Idaho homes are increasing. That should be good news for most Idahoans. Right now, our state’s existing homeowner tax exemption is indexed: it rises and falls …

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February 12, 2016

Too Logical for Idaho?

The editorial board of the Coeur d’Alene Press calls Healthy Idaho “too logical for Idaho.” They don’t say it’s too logical for taxpayers; or too logical for 10,000 uninsured veterans; or too logical for the hundreds of Idahoans whose lives Healthy Idaho saves. It’s just too logical for some members of a committee tasked with looking after the health and well-being …

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February 5, 2016

Letterman-esque Opposition to Moyle’s Tax Cut

Recently, I opposed HB 380 a bill that would do very little for ordinary Idahoans like us, and a lot for those who make millions. Here is my speech including a top ten list. Mr Speaker and members of the body – We have a lower “tax burden” than any of our neighboring states, and a lower tax burden, in …

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February 3, 2016

Strength and Vision in Three Early Bills

Legislators legislate: that’s our job. But, most of us go to the polls to elect legislators who both lead and legislate. And while the legislative process is often piecemeal, it’s the task of every elected official to aim higher, toward a vision that puts Idahoans today and tomorrow on a path to success. Like most Idahoans, I believe that everyone who works hard …

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