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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January 20, 2017

While Idaho GOP Quarrels, Democrats Promote Rural Teachers

This week while the Idaho GOP has been distracted with internal quarreling, our Democratic legislators have been hard at work creating policies to benefit Idahoans and the future of Idaho. Led by Representative Paulette Jordan (D-Plummer) and Rep. Sally Toone (D-Gooding), a retired teacher, the Democratic caucus has presented a measure that would encourage qualified teachers to work in rural …

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January 17, 2017

Democratic Response to Otter’s Plan

We want to impress the importance of this upcoming year and legislative session, and we also want to assure you that we intend to at least try to keep this brief. It has been a busy day, and, I am sure many of us here are anxious to get home before the roads are completely impassable. Today’s state of the …

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