March 24, 2017

Keeping the Oil and Gas Industry Accountable

Whether it is welcomed or not, Idaho is in the business of producing its own crude oil and natural gas. Since this is a new development, our state does not have a lot of experience regulating these industries. As these new developments are in their infancy, it’s important that regulations are put into place so that oil and gas companies aren’t able to …

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March 24, 2017

Advanced Placement for Advanced Kids

Advanced kids need opportunities to advance in the classroom. Unfortunately, Idaho doesn’t let children with advanced abilities start kindergarten before the age of five, no matter what. Idaho statute states that students must be the age of 5 on or before September 1st to be able to enroll in kindergarten. This year, I put forward a bill that would give gifted …

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March 24, 2017

People Power Kills Bad Bills

Every year, Republican legislators like to see what they can get away with by attempting to pass bad bills that chip away at Idahoans’ civil liberties, public services, and government transparency. There are often attempts to shift the tax burden onto hard-working Idaho families too. Although this year wasn’t any different, the people of Idaho paid close attention and spoke out when …

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March 17, 2017

Idaho is Hurting for Doctors and This Will Help

This week, I have put forward a bill that works to address our state’s doctor shortage by addressing the need for medical residency programs in Idaho. House Bill 263 would create a solution for a mounting problem in our state. Idaho has a critical doctor shortage, ranking 49th in the nation for physicians per capita. This shortage is most severe in our …

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March 17, 2017

GARVEE Bonds: Shifting Debt to Future Generations

Understanding how taxes, bonds, and levies are used to fund state projects can get complicated. In an effort to make the process more transparent, I have broken down how Grant Anticipation Revenue Vehicles (GARVEE bonds) are structured, as Senate Bill 1162 comes through the Idaho Legislature, requesting an additional $300 million in bonds to fix our crumbling roads. GARVEE bonds are …

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