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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January 24, 2016

Healthy Idaho vs Ottercare

As you may have heard, Governor Otter released his plan to provide health coverage for the nearly 80,000 Idahoans who work hard but make too little money to be eligible for subsidies on the Idaho health care exchange and too much money to qualify for Medicaid. An annual income of $11,700 is below the federal poverty level. In Idaho, under …

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January 18, 2016

Economic Outlook & Revenue Assessment Committee

Beginning the week before the State of the State, I joined my colleagues on the Economic Outlook and Revenue Assessment Committee to listen to advocates, industry specialists, and the Idaho Division of Financial Management about Idaho’s economic future. I am not an economist and the content presented to the committee is complex. However, this committee is by far my favorite! …

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