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The Idaho Legislature is responsible for translating the public will into policy for the state, levying taxes, appropriating public funds, and overseeing the administration of state agencies. These responsibilities are carried out through the legislative process – laws passed by elected representatives of the people.”

 

Protecting and Improving Public Education

I believe public education is the hallmark of our democracy and is the linchpin for the viability of rural communities in Idaho.  

The focus of my campaign is first and foremost to fortify the Idaho Education system in rural Idaho school districts while taking the burden off rural property tax payers who are plagued with annual requests by school districts to fund mill levy overrides in order to keep our rural schools operating.  Thanks to the 97,000 Idahoans who signed the Quality Education Act initiative to increase public education by $323 million a year for strong K-12 programs and better pay for teachers and support staff, the Idaho Legislature was called back into session to take the matter into their own hands.  While   The Reclaim Idaho Quality Education Act initiative has now been taken off the November 8 ballot, RS29902C1 / H0001 consolidates the income tax brackets to a flat tax at 5.8% for both individuals and corporations, and provides $410 million of annual funding directly from the state’s sales tax to the public school income fund and in-demand careers fund.  (For more information on in-demand careers, see Occupations In Demand information at https://lmi.idaho.gov/occupations-in-demand).   Unfortunately, the legislature moved funding for Quality Education from Reclaim Idaho's initiative of corporations and wealth tax to sales tax, leaving a heavy tax burden on property tax.   

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Rural funding inequities: The case of Idaho’s public schools

Article from Phi Delta Kappan - 2019.  The issues still persist in Idaho.  We need a different solution.  

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Providing Services for the Underserved in Rural Idaho

Because Idaho is a large and mostly rural western state, geography and distance impact the health and safety of Idahoans. The residents of Idaho’s rural communities tend to be older, experience higher rates of poverty and lower per capita income, and have higher uninsured rates, as compared to their urban counterparts.  (Read More)


Expanding Behavioral Health in Rural Idaho

I hope the constituents in my district will consider those needs and services that will improve the quality of lives in our families.  A low-cost solution is to expand behavioral health programs in Rural Idaho, like Telehealth and Idaho Crisis and Recovery Centers, to combat mental health illness, drug addiction, and alcohol dependence, particularly for our Veterans and youth.

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Defending Idaho Against Extremism and Violence

I strongly believe in strengthening our democratic institutions and passing reforms protecting the right to vote, enforcing anti-corruption laws, and defending against extremism and violence. 

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Sustainability of Rural Idaho's Economic Base and Resources

I support long-term sustainability of our natural resources that create the economic base in our rural Idaho communities.

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Committee to Elect Tom Stroschein
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