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Dist. 7B: no voice as Shepherd was absent

Letter to the Editor



If you found yourself not being able to locate Representative Shepherd in his office at the capital, get return letters, e-mails and phone calls, or locate him during the disasters the district has endured, you are not alone. He has silenced and ignored the voice of District 7.

As a member of the education committee this session, he was absent at several hearings. Now, consider that nearly 63 percent of the state budget is delegated to education issues. Several days of the 2018 session also found an empty chair in chambers. Over the years, this pattern has not found change. The 2017 session records show 50 missed votes with fiscal consequences just over 373 million dollars.

In 2016 records show absences for 79 votes, all passed into law. That cost to voters, over $698 million dollars. 2015 fared no better with being absent from a total of 81 final votes. As the gavel rang out for the end of these sessions, District 7B had no voice on how these funds were spent or issues dealt with because he simply failed to show up to vote or left the floor.

Sadly, he was present to vote to raise your gas taxes, registration fees and gave Idaho the Real ID Act. Now, headed to the polls let the public records reveal this 14-year incumbent who holds our lives and the future of our children in his hands.

https://legislature.idaho.gov/sessioninfo/2018/journals/; http://legislature.idaho.gov/sessioninfo/2017/journals/; http://legislature.idaho.gov/sessioninfo/2016/journals/; http://legislature.idaho.gov/sessioninfo/2015/journals/; http://idahofreedom.org/2017-idaho-freedom-index/; http://idahofreedom.org/2016-idaho-freedom-index-interactive-2/; http://idahofreedom.org/2015-idaho-freedom-index/; https://ballotpedia.org/Paul_Shepherd

Kris Steneck

Elk City



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