Idaho’s legislative session is on track to end by March 21, Idaho Statesman reporter Dan Popkey writes today, with a school budget set that’s winning support and GOP legislative leaders sticking by Gov. Butch Otter’s plan to avoid big issues like Medicaid expansion and transportation funding, set budgets and go home to campaign. Every seat in the Legislature, along with every statewide office, is on the ballot this year, with the filing period for candidates open now.
Popkey reports that Democratic leaders are miffed at a session that’s seen pro-gun, pro-agriculture and anti-wolf bills move – all good issues for the GOP – but nothing on civil rights protections for gays or other big issues like Medicaid expansion and transportation funding. “I just really am disappointed in the majority’s short-term view,” said Rusche. “The big one — the one that saves 120 lives a year and $90 million — is one that we can’t even talk about. But don’t forget: We did wolves!”
Popkey’s full piece is online here.