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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January 26, 2017

Another Otter Task Force – Will It Work?

Last week Governor Otter announced the creation of another task force.  This time he’s creating a Governor’s Workforce Development Task Force to study ways to improve Idaho’s funding and delivery of training programs to meet the growing employer demand for skilled workers. In his press release, the Governor has identified the problem in a very succinct quote. The Idaho Department …

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January 24, 2017

Hear it from Idahoans: Telephone Town Hall Feedback

Senate Minority Leader Michelle Stennett and I hosted a telephone town hall during the first week of the session to discuss what to expect during the legislative session and to hear from constituents about what was important to them. The town hall had almost 2,000 participants with great questions, productive conversations, and the opportunity to run some polls. Listeners overwhelmingly …

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