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Edit: Idaho Races To Ed $$$ Bottom

If there's a bottom, Idaho either has found it or is about to. Take the amount of dollars Idaho puts behind each of its students. Idaho's score never has been great, but a decade ago it ranked 46th out of 50 states and the District of Columbia - ahead of Arizona, Arkansas, Mississippi, Tennessee and Utah. Now it's just Utah sparing Idaho from last place. Then there's tax burden. A decade ago, Idaho had the 39th lowest tax burden in the country. But after former Gov. Jim Risch and current Gov. C.L. (Butch) Otter finished undercutting property tax support for public schools, expanding the grocery sales tax credit, removing the personal property tax farmers paid on equipment and other cuts worth about $350 million, Idaho's tax burden is ranked 49th lowest in the country/Marty Trillhaase, Lewiston Tribune. More here.

Question: Why are Idahoans going along with continued underfunding of education by the Otter administration and the Republican-dominated Idaho Legislature?


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D.F. Oliveria is a columnist and blogger for The Spokesman-Review. Print Huckleberries is a past winner of the Herb Caen Memorial Column contest by the National Association of Newspaper Columnists. The Readership Institute of Northwestern University cited this blog as a good example of online community journalism.

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