February 2, 2017

Moyle’s Tax Bill: “Giving Back” to Idaho’s top 1%

     On Tuesday, House Majority Leader Mike Moyle proposed and passed a bill out of committee to lower the top income and corporate tax rates from 7.4 to 7.2 percent. Moyle discusses the bill as a measure to give tax relief to the majority of all Idaho taxpayers, although what that tax break looks like for Idahoan’s in reality …

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February 2, 2017

State of the Judiciary: Idaho Supreme Court’s 2017 Priorities

Fairness matters. Our court system ensures Idahoans are provided a fair and impartial hearing.  Idaho deserves courts that are able to protect people and provide a modern experience with technology and resources to effectively and efficiently manage caseloads. During the State of the Judiciary Address, Chief Justice Roger S. Burdick gave his budget recommendations to the Idaho Legislature and welcomed …

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January 30, 2017

Cheney’s Immigration Bill: Bad News for Idaho Ag Industry and Economy

This morning, Representative Greg Cheney (R-Caldwell) introduced a bill in the House State Affairs Committee that would make significant changes in current Idaho law enforcement practices. After looking at the potential implications of the bill, I issued this response:  “It appears that this bill targets and profiles specific members of our communities and, if passed, will do irreparable harm to our economy. …

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January 26, 2017

STEM Matters! Celebration at the Capitol

Tuesday, on my way upstairs from an Agricultural Affairs meeting, I stopped to spend a little bit of time with a group of 5th graders from Wilder Elementary School. They were there participating in a program called STEM Matters! Celebration at the Capitol. Instantly, I knew this group was fun. They asked me to be the voice of a new animation they were working …

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January 26, 2017

Let’s Pay Off Our Prison Debt, Fund Education With Savings

This week, Rep. John Gannon proposed legislation to pay off the remaining debt incurred from building the Idaho Corrections Center, a facility initially managed by the highly corrupt Corrections Corporation of America (CCA). This is the prison that Idaho built for CCA to manage at substantial cost to every Idaho citizen. Idaho currently owes $33.5 million on this debt. Even more …

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