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"We realize the importance of our voices only when we are silenced."

-Malala Yousafzai, Pakistani advocate for female education and the youngest Nobel Prize laureate

"If now isn't a good time for the truth, I don't see when we will get to it."

-Nikki Giovanni, an American poet, writer, commentator, activist, and educator

"People ask me sometimes ...'When will there be enough women on the Supreme Court?' And my answer is: 'When there are nine.'"

-Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court.

"We needed to be assertive as women in those days - assertive and aggressive - and the degree to which we had to be that way depended on where you were. I had to be."

-Katherine Johnson, mathematician whose calculations of orbital mechanics were critical to the success of the first and subsequent U.S. crewed spaceflights. Her story was highlighted in the motion picture Hidden Figures.

"If there is no struggle, there is no progress"

-Frederick Douglass

Important Dates!

Thank you for your attendance at two successful town halls so far this session! The remaining town hall is from 6-7pm at on March 3rd at Hidden Spring Elementary School.

"Where you see wrong or inequality or injustice, speak out, because this is your country. This is your democracy. Make it. Protect it. Pass it on."

Chief Justice Thurgood Marshall - First Black Justice of the Supreme Court

Jennie Hughes Smith
Jennie was the first African-American to graduate from the University of Idaho. In a speech to her classmates at their graduation, Jennie encouraged them to "occupy positions of usefulness."
Read about Jennie's impact on Idaho here.

"I knew then and i know now, when it comes to justice, there is no easy way to get it."

-Claudette Colvin

February is Black History Month! Read about Claudette's inspiring story here.

"Without courage we cannot practice any other virtue with consistency. We can't be kind, true, merciful, generous, or honest."

-Maya Angelou

Idaho Association for the Education of Young Children Preschool Development Grant
Thanks to the bipartisan efforts of a task force that Senator Ward-Engelking and I worked on, we were able to work with the Idaho Association for the Education of Young Children (Idaho AEYC) to apply for the federal Preschool Development Grant Birth through Five (PDG-B5).

"The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands in times of challenge and controversy."
- Martin Luther King Jr.

Dears Friends and Neighbors,

Events at the Capitol
On Saturday, folks from across the Treasure Valley gathered on the Capitol steps to celebrate how far women's rights have come and to recognize and celebrate the importance of human rights past, present, and future. The fourth year of the Women's March focused on women's support for and involvement in the biggest issues of our generation, including things like climate, reproductive justice and immigrants' rights. I was proud to join numerous speakers at the event, including Representatives Rubel and Necochea, as well as 6th grade students Alyssa, Chloe, and Jasmine, and Palin.

"A genuine leader is not a searcher of consensus, but a molder of consensus."
- Martin Luther King Jr.

Dears Friends and Neighbors,

State Revenues
The allocation and spending of your tax dollars remain contentious issues this session. It is forecasted for 2021 that the state revenue will exceed $4 billion for the first time in the state's history and will continue to grow over the next five years. Despite this economic growth, the Governor requested budget cut backs of 1% from state agencies and departments this year and projected cuts of 2% annually ongoing beginning 2021. For smaller programs and agencies, this will have drastic impacts on services and staffing abilities. I will continue to fight for efficient spending that allows us to provide the services that are important to the people of Idaho.

"Making a difference is always possible, especially with persistence and dedication."

- Gladys De La Mora, Latina Entrepreneur

The first day of the session started off right with inspirational music from the phenomenal Madison High School Vocal Spectrum from Rexburg!

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

State of the State
On Monday, Governor Little gave his annual State of the State address to the legislative body. In his speech, the Governor spoke on both his past year at the legislature and his goals for the upcoming year. The Governor emphasized the importance of investing in public education and established a goal to improve literacy rates.

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