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Thu., April 10, 2014, 3:36 p.m.

Risch: I didn’t Make A Mistake

U.S. Sen. Jim Risch responds to criticism from the Twin Falls Times-News that he made a mistake in calling a special session while governor and successfully pushing to move school M&O funding from property taxes to the sales tax. Risch said in part:

In a special session of the Idaho Legislature, two-thirds of each house adopted the plan — a landslide vote. But the best was yet to come. Seventy-two percent of voters said yes to the plan-an overwhelming acceptance. More importantly, every precinct in the state, over 900 in total, said yes-an unprecedented and unanimous vote by precincts. This approval was in the face of persistent, vocal opposition from liberals and some print journalists who continue to make the same tired arguments today. For example, more recently when I ran for US Senate, my opponent made my property tax cut the centerpiece of his campaign. He spent $1.8 million telling Idahoans that I had made a mistake, the Idaho legislature had made a mistake, and that Idaho voters had made a mistake. He lost by 24 points.

Question: Risch raises a good point. Can you say that he made a mistake in successfully pushing to switch taxes for school funding -- when Idahoans overwhelmingly agreed with him?

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D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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