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Ad: Allred Raps Otter On Ed, Taxes

In his latest post, Kevin Richert/Idaho Statesman writes: “In his latest TV ad, Democratic gubernatorial candidate Keith Allred conflates two of his main campaign talking points. He criticizes Republican Gov. Butch Otter for presiding over a $128 million budget cut to public schools, while pushing a tax increase.” He writes more here. And then asks whether the message is on point.

Question: Is the criticism leveled by Democrat Keith Allred about Gov. Butch Otter in this ad legitimate?

Trib: Gem State Isn’t Poor, It’s Cheap

Where would you rather educate your children? Mississippi or Idaho? Ridiculous question, right? The Magnolia State is America’s perennial last-place finisher. As bleak as Idaho’s prospects ever got, it could always count on Mississippi to bring up the rear.Except, it turns out, when it comes to spending money on its schools. On that score, it’s the Gem State that is dangerously close to winning the dubious prize. Only Utah spends less per pupil. Moreover, those numbers don’t take into account the decision of Idaho Gov. C. L. (Butch) Otter and the Republican-controlled Legislature to scale back public school spending by nearly $130 million this year/Marty Trillhaase, Lewiston Tribune.

Question: Do you believe that the state of Idaho is too poor to spend more on education? Or too cheap?

Idaho 49th In Education Spending

Item: Idaho near the bottom in education spending/Bill Roberts, Idaho Statesman

More Info: Idaho ranks near the bottom of the country in the amount of money it spends per student on public elementary and secondary education, a new study shows. Idaho ranked 49th, trailed only by Utah, in 2007-08, according to the study from the U.S. Census Bureau. The state put in $6,931 per student that year. Utah spent $5,765. New York spent the most: $17,173. When the states are ranked based on every $1,000 of personal income, Idaho rises to 41st. Utah is 25th. New York is fifth.

Question: Surprised?

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