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Rusche: 'We'll use the tools we can'

House Minority Leader John Rusche, D-Lewiston, talks to House Education Chairman Bob Nonini, R-Coeur d'Alene, after Democrats forced the full reading in the House of Nonini's bill to cut school district reimbursements for school busing. (Betsy Russell / The Spokesman-Review)
House Minority Leader John Rusche, D-Lewiston, talks to House Education Chairman Bob Nonini, R-Coeur d'Alene, after Democrats forced the full reading in the House of Nonini's bill to cut school district reimbursements for school busing. (Betsy Russell / The Spokesman-Review)

House Minority Leader John Rusche, D-Lewiston, said his caucus will use the means it has to take a stand on education cuts. "We as a minority have limited procedural powers, and it's important when we have these issues that are really of monumental impact, like the support for kids in our schools, we'll use the tools that we can," he said - like forcing the full reading of HB 256 just now in the House. Rusche said, "A monumental bill that starts the deconstruction of support for public education - I think spending 15 minutes hearing it is not unreasonable." He wouldn't say if Democrats plan more such actions.




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