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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April 9, 2015

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly of 2015

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (2015 Legislature Version) The Good–Career Ladder Legislation The Career Ladder bill, arguably the most important piece of legislation this session, was signed by the Governor after flying through the House and Senate with no opposition. Collaboration makes great legislation and once a consensus was reached with leading education groups, the bill’s wheels were greased. …

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