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Vick: Why I Back 2/3s Vote Rule

In an op-ed article, Idaho Sen. Steve Vick, R-Dalton Gardens, defends his unsuccessful legislation that would require a two-thirds vote of the Legislature to raises taxes & fees: “When considering taxes and our liberty, I think of a quote from Daniel Webster, during the famous Supreme Court case McCullough v. Maryland, stating “An unlimited power to tax involves, necessarily, a power to destroy.” I believe there is an important relationship between taxes and individual freedom: any time you raise taxes, you take a little bit of freedom away from those you are taxing. Therefore, it is important that the Legislature puts this in place to ensure that proposals which have a deep impact on our liberties are deliberative and have widespread support from our elected representatives.” More here.

DFO: I believe this bill would hamstring the already tight-fisted Legislature from reacting responsibly to growing revenue needs for education, social services, corrections, and sundry other budget items.

Question: Do you think the Republican dominated Idaho Legislature already does a good job keeping the state budget in check?

Fair Adds Fees, Beer Walkabouts

In the Coeur d’Alene Press today, Maureen Dolan reports that the North Idaho Fair & Rodeo has made two significant changes to raise more money. For the first time, the fair will charge a $5 admission fee to the grandstands for the rodeo, motocross and demolition derby events. Also, the fair will allow visitors to walk about the grounds carrying beer. More here.

Question: Do you approve of the change by North Idaho Fair officials to charge $5 for admission to the grandstands for events — and to allow visitors to walk around the fairgrounds w/beer?

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