Recent Posts

  • 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
  • 25.08.13 -
    I’m an accountant, strongly persuaded by numbers. I’m an idealist, governed by principle. Generally, these two areas of my life complement one another when making decisions. Not so when it comes to one of the most important issues facing the Idaho Legislature: Medicaid expansion. First some background: Medicaid is available only to children and pregnant women in low-income families earning up to 138% of the federal poverty level in 2014. (That’s $32,497 for a family of four.) It also covers... Read More
  • Idaho State Capitol
    06.04.13 -
      This year’s legislative session saw its share of political intrigue as lawmakers battled an intrusive federal government and a struggling economy. We resisted attempts to control guns and expand entitlements, while continuing to improve our business-friendly environment. Thank you for the opportunity to represent you. It has been a great honor. With the 2013 legislative session recently concluded, I wanted to share with you some thoughts and highlights of this year’s activity: Dawdling... Read More
  • 08.02.13 -
      Many of us fought against the Affordable Care Act, which even the president has dubbed "Obamacare." We challenged its constitutionality in the U.S. Supreme Court and lost. We worked hard to elect a new president and Congress that would repeal the law. We failed. We will continue to resist the federal government's usurpation of individual and states' rights, but we must do so under the rule of law established by our Constitution. Since Congress passed Obamacare, I have spent a great deal of... Read More
  • 2013 Legislative Preview
    01.01.13 -
    Almost one-third of the Idaho Legislature consists of newly-elected lawmakers, making the upcoming legislative session even more unpredictable than usual. Combine that with new leadership in the House of Representatives and the results are anybody’s guess. Still, there are some issues that promise to dominate the 2013 session: State Budget Idaho’s General Fund revenues have increased 4.2% since last fiscal year, but still less than the 4.8% predicted. That makes three years in a row that Idaho’... Read More
  • Gambling-Not All It's Cracked Up To Be
    21.11.12 -
    Proponents of gambling in Idaho tout that it will create Idaho jobs, benefit Idaho schools, restrict gambling to the reservations, and promote Idaho’s economy. Such claims are not only misleading, they are blatantly false. Gambling Would Destroy Idaho Jobs! You do not need a PhD in economics to understand that there are a limited number of discretionary dollars available to be spent by Idaho citizens. If people spend money in casinos, they have less money to purchase goods and services from... Read More
  • 12.10.12 -
    Few issues have caused more confusion than the three propositions facing Idaho voters next month. Both sides of the Students Come First education reforms are spending a great deal of money trying to “educate” the public. I have received numerous phone calls asking what it all means. The politically correct thing would be to avoid these highly controversial subjects, but my job is to confront the issues, not dodge them. So, I have prepared a series of three papers designed to address each... Read More

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