Opinion: Lawmakers acted appropriately on child support bill

April 17, 2015 Dustin Hurst

Several years ago, Idaho decided to spend nearly $120 million renovating and expanding the Statehouse. The state Capitol is our seat of government, a symbol of our ability to self-govern and a testament to the republican form of government our Constitution guarantees. Everyone continues to celebrate our investment…

Brackett keeps far-reaching auto dealer hours mandate

April 13, 2015 Dustin Hurst

Sen. Bert Brackett, R- Rogerson, used his special chairman’s privilege to kill a measure to end a far-reaching regulation that could shutter small Idaho businesses. Brackett, chair of the Senate Transportation Committee, chose not to hear House Concurrent Resolution 25, a measure that would have repealed a section of…

Idaho Legislature closes shop with $95 million tax hike

April 11, 2015 Dustin Hurst

Talk about a fly-by-night operation. In the wee hours of Saturday morning, the Idaho Legislature finalized a plan to raise taxes and fees by $95 million a year, money set to fund bridge and road upkeep. The plan, hatched by a special conference committee midday Friday, cleared the Senate on…

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