Keep on Pushing
I've got to keep on pushing
I can't stop now
Move up a little higher
Some way, somehow
'Cause I've got my strength
And it don't make sense
Not to keep on pushing
- The Impressions
The legislature is in full swing and things are busy! Here is an update on what we've been up to.
In acknowledgement of Kristin Armstrong's third gold medal win at the Rio Olympics, I presented a concurrent resolution to the State Affairs Committee last week. This resolution honors the work and achievements of the Idaho native as a professional cyclist and three-time Olympic Gold Medalist.
HB 76 Immigration
The bill introduced in House State Affairs requires compliance with immigration enforcement policies in persons stopped or arrested with probable cause for any violation of Idaho law must prove their illegal status for presence in the United States within 48 hours of being detained. Those not meeting the deadline or demonstrating proof of lawful status will be transferred to federal law enforcement. The many problems with this legislation are as follows: 1) no funding for implementation, 2) no funding for law enforcement training, 3) challenges in verifying lawful status, 4) erosion of community policing progress and relationships, 5) curtailment of current law enforcement activities, and finally 6) withholding sales tax revenues should law enforcement fail to comply with mandates of the legislation.
Add the Words
The Add the Words is dead on arrival in the 2017 legislative session. My attempt to get a print hearing in the Senate for were unsuccessful. Senator Siddoway, Chairman of the Senate State Affairs Committee declined. I passed the proposed legislation to House Minority Leader Mat Erpelding where he ran it as a personal bill. It then sent the bill to the House Ways and Means Committee where bills often go to die.
HB 67 Tax Legislation
Last week the House passed legislation introduced by House Majority Leader Mike Moyle that eliminates tax on the first $750 of individual income taxation, reduces the rate on the highest individual bracket to 7.2% and reduces the corporate income tax rate from 7.4% to 7.2%. The result of this "tax relief" is negligible for middle and lower income Idahoans. The benefit accrues to those in the top income and corporate tax brackets. Most alarming is the fact that should this legislation pass the Senate it will result in a reduction in the general fund revenues by a total of $51.2 million for fiscal year 2017, of which $45.8 million is for the individual rate reduction and $5.4 million is for the corporate rate reduction. While Idaho remains 49th in the nation in education funding, I will not be supporting this legislation.
I was honored to present the gubernatorial re-appointments for D19 residents on the Senate floor last week:
E. Robert Mooney-Idaho Energy Resources Authority
Gary Glen Michael-Idaho Lottery Commission
Gary Glen Michael-Treasurer's Investment Advisory Board
Brian Scigliano-Idaho Commission on Human Rights
Dr. Gregory Schade-State Building Authority
If you are interested in serving on a State of Idaho Board or Commission please get full information on openings and applications process at:
Th ere is "plenty of good room" for you. Step Up!
Marilyn Shuler 1939-2017
On Fr iday we said goodbye to an Idaho heroine. Marilyn Shuler, a mighty warrior for human rights, passed away totally at peace, surrounded by her family. Though Marilyn's voice was gentle and compassionate, her spirit was fierce.
She was a tireless warrior for justice, freedom, and equity
She was a visionary who had the ability to honor the past while endowing the future
She was a truth teller.
She was a courageous, purposeful, yet humble leader.
She was a collaborator, and possessed the ability to mobilize legions.
She was unstoppable.
She was a treasure.
Well done, Marilyn, well done.
Here to Serve You
The goal of District 19 legislators is to address immediate needs while working strategically toward long term goals. It is my honor to serve you in the Idaho State Senate. Know that your letters, emails, texts, and calls are invaluable. I appreciate hearing what is most important to you and your family.
Join House Minority Leader Mat Erpelding, Representative Melissa Wintrow and me for our upcoming District 19 Town Halls:
February 8th 6:30 p.m.
Warm Springs Golf Course
2495 Warm Springs Ave.
Boise, ID 83712
February 22nd 6:30 p.m.
Shadow Hills Elementary
8301 W. Sloan St.
Boise, ID 83714