Recent Posts

  • 13.04.15 -
    Public education and transportation funding domi­nated this year’s legislative session. Strengthening our educational system and maintaining our trans­porta­tion infrastructure are vital to the social and eco­nomic success of our state. Idaho is truly be­com­ing the state of choice for doing business and raising families. Thank you for the privilege to represent you. With the 2015 legislative session recently concluded, I wanted to share with you some of this year’s highlights: More Money for... Read More
  • Idaho State Capitol
    02.01.15 -
    Political prognostication is hazardous pastime. It is dangerous to predict how a group of lawmakers, representing unique constituencies, will function when thrown together for the legislative session. As uncertain as the future is, I thought I would give a shot at identifying the major issues facing the 2015 Idaho Legislature: Education Enhancements There is a good chance that the legislature will completely restore the funding for public schools and approve the largest public education budget... Read More
  • HJR 2
    24.10.14 -
    “Government Regulation:” a term that has become synonymous with excessive interference in our lives, our businesses, and even in our homes. Every year state agencies across the nation promulgate thousands of rules and regulations that have the effect of law. Idaho is one of only a handful of states in which the legislature conducts public hearings to review those rules every year in order to determine if they are necessary and compatible with Idaho’s statutes. Although the legislature does not... Read More
  • 17.09.14 -
    September 17 marks 227 years since the signing of the United States Constitution. Examining the proceedings of the Constitutional Convention and the delegates that attended reveals what a miraculous feat they accomplished—quite a contrast to our current government. Facing issues far more significant and challenging than those that paralyze today’s Congress, these men crafted a framework for freedom through reasonable discussion, vigorous debate, and considerable compromise. Seventy-four... Read More
  • 22.08.14 -
    Americans have sacrificed much to preserve this government of, by, and for the people. From this nation’s birth, we have risked lives, fortunes, and honor to defend those principles we hold so dear. Even while enjoying the freedoms and opportunities this country affords us, many citizens have lost trust in government and even more have lost interest. I believe God is relying on us to be the Light of Freedom to the rest of his world, but we cannot radiate that light if we become bogged down in... Read More
  • 11.05.14 -
    The Power of Your Local Vote When founded, most states allowed only Caucasian males—who either owned property (i.e., at least 50 acres of land), or, had taxable incomes—to vote. This right was paid for with many lives during the American Revolution. Today, as America has matured, rights have been extended to citizens as young as 18 years old, to women, and to racial minorities. In each case, there has been a price paid to give the right to vote.This April, an unprecedented number of... Read More
  • 22.04.14 -
    Many of us have fought against the Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare) since its inception. Idaho was one of the first states to file a lawsuit challenging the act’s constitutionality, but when the U.S. Supreme Court ruled against us, it forced a health insurance exchange on each state. In 2013 every state was faced with the decision to develop its own state-run health insurance exchange or abdicate that right to the federal government.  Here we are a year later and every state in the Union now... Read More
  • Senator Brent Hill
    21.03.14 -
    Public Education and economic development dominated this year’s legislative session. Strengthening our education system and enhancing our business-friendly environment help create jobs, raise standards of living, and provide opportunities. Idaho is truly becoming the state of choice for doing business and raising families. With the 2014 legislative session recently concluded, here are some highlights of this year’s activity: Restoring Public Education The public education budget enjoyed a $66... Read More
  • Idaho State Seal
    02.01.14 -
    Education and workforce development were declared by Governor Otter as top priorities in his State of the State Address at the opening of this year’s Idaho Legislative Session. The twenty recommendations made by his Education Task Force have garnered bipartisan support, but come with a hefty price tag. Much of the Legislature’s efforts this year will be to prioritize the recommendations and establish a multi-year plan for implementation. I believe there will be efforts by lawmakers to more... Read More
  • "The Old Man Wept" by Del Parson (reproduced with permission)
    17.09.13 -
    September 17 marks the anniversary of the signing of the Constitution of the United States in Philadelphia in1787. It was the beginning of a more perfect Union, but the four months leading up to that event were not as congenial as we sometimes like to picture our Founders.  The Constitutional Convention was marked by arguments, name-calling, walkouts and standoffs. About the only thing on which the delegates could agree was that George Washington should preside over the convention, but... Read More