Extending SRS, fully funding PILT: Step in right direction; more work needed for feds to meet obligation
Extending Secure Rural Schools and Self Determination Act (SRS) payments and fully funding Payments in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) is not a simple undertaking, especially considering the federal government’s overspending problem.
“Who Moved My Cheese?” by Spencer Johnson is a parable about constructively dealing with change.
It’s not right for Idaho children and families to lose their protections just to pacify nine far right committee members.
It’s fair to say that we live in a fairly conservative state, where the values of independence, freedom, and self-reliance tend to shape public policy.
I was on the short end of a 392-37 vote last month on a budget-busting Medicare bill that adds at least $141 billion to our deficit.
In Idaho, and nationwide, there has been intense focus on the Common Core state standards.
The State of Idaho and Optum are working together with one goal in mind: to transform the outpatient mental health and substance use system to better help people reach recovery and ensure that valuable tax dollars are used effectively.
Planned Parenthood has initiated plans nationwide to install what are called “web cam” facilities in all of the states. In Idaho, we have convincing evidence that they want to implement web cam facilities in our state, as they have already done in Iowa. If this becomes a reality, web cam abortions could be done here.
Effective teachers are essential to student achievement and success. Providing competitive, professional-level salaries is critical to recruiting, developing and keeping great teachers in the classroom.
Eight years have taught Idahoans that we need to pay more attention to what Governor Otter does than what he says he does. Yes, Governor Otter, Idaho learns. But we have yet to see whether you and your administration does.
It’s important for state agencies to understand and respect differing points of view. But when a few advocacy groups try to grab headlines by skewing Idaho Fish and Game scientific wolf monitoring data in ways that simply aren’t true, it’s also important to set the record straight.
When worker loses arm, who knows about it?
Considerable work is required in the 114th Congress to build the foundation for a competitive, national economy that encourages innovation and job growth. Improving our nation’s economic well-being —which includes reforming our badly broken tax code, reforming entitlement programs to ensure their solvency and establishing powerful budget controls — remains my number one priority.
We are one glum country.
One of my top priorities in the new Congress remains reforming our nation’s overly burdensome tax code as part of creating a competitive, national economy that encourages innovation and job growth.