They said it
“Ladies and gentlemen, the emperor has no clothes.” - Rep. Mark Stubbs, R-Twin Falls, on Gov. Phil Batt’s tax plan.
“I wouldn’t go so far as to say the emperor has no clothes, but he may have forgotten to zip his fly or something.” - Rep. John Alexander, D-Pocatello, in response.
Highlights of North Idaho lawmakers’ votes in the past week:
Sweet relief: The governor’s $40 million property tax relief bill passed the House, 57-12, and now goes on to the Senate.
Voting in favor were Jeff Alltus, R-Coeur d’Alene; Tom Dorr, R-Post Falls; Hilde Kellogg, R-Post Falls; Wayne Meyer, R-Rathdrum; Charles Cuddy, D-Orofino; June Judd, D-St. Maries; and Jim Stoicheff, D-Sandpoint. Voting against were Carol Pietsch, D-Sandpoint, Marvin Vandenberg, D-Coeur d’Alene, and Don Pischner, R-Coeur d’Alene.
No pay off: Rep. Jim Stoicheff did not get the two-thirds majority he needed in the House to amend the Idaho Constitution to require legislators to vote for their pay raises. The bill earned a 38-29 majority.
Supporters included Stoicheff, Cuddy, Pietsch and Meyer. Opponents: Alltus, Dorr, Kellogg, Pischner, Judd and Vandenberg.
Howling at the feds: Another Stoicheff bill, which would have approved the Idaho Wolf Management Plan, was defeated 45-24 in the House. Without a state plan, the federal wolf project will proceed without state management.
North Idaho lawmakers were split on the bill. Stoicheff, Cuddy, Judd, Pietsch and Meyer supported it. Alltus, Dorr, Kellogg, Pischner and Vandenberg opposed it.