Rep. Robert Schaefer, R-Nampa, proposing legislation to repeal urban renewal, said urban renewal was originally intended “to seek out blighted crime infested areas and get rid of them,” and he said that's not what projects like the Idaho Center in Nampa achieved. “The majority of them don't deal in urban renewal,” Schaefer said. He also suggested that rural areas in Idaho don't need that because people there carry guns. Questioned about the claim, Schaefer told the House Local Government Committee, “A lot of people know that in communities where it's legal to carry weapon for self-protection has a lower crime rate, and that has been pointed out by numerous things that I've read.”
After lots of questions, the committee agreed to introduce Schaefer's bill to allow further discussion.
Betsy Z. Russell covers Idaho news from The Spokesman-Review's bureau in Boise.
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