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Statesman: Yes On 4 Amendments

Idaho’s publicly owned airports, community hospitals and city-run electric utilities need the flexibility to serve their customers and adapt to fluid markets. On Tuesday, voters should grant that flexibility. They should vote yes on three complicated but important constitutional amendments to allow these public entities to finance projects and purchases without voter approval. The amendments appear a la carte on the ballot: House Joint Resolution 4 covers hospitals’ ability to go into debt on equipment or property; HJR 5 covers airport projects, such as runways, hangars or terminals; HJR 7 would allow utilities to complete capital projects or sign long-term contracts to purchase power/Kevin Richert, Idaho Statesman. More here.

Question: How do you plan to vote on the 4 constitutional amendments on the general election ballot?

TFTN: Yes On 3 Ballot Amendments

The men who wrote Idaho’s Constitution 121 years ago meant to make it difficult for government to go into debt. But they didn’t intend to hamstring economic development indefinitely. So the three constitutional amendments on the Nov. 2 ballot — largely drafted by state Rep. Fred Wood, R-Burley, and Sen. Joe Stegner, R-Lewiston, and approved overwhelmingly by the Legislature last winter — are much-needed updates to our state’s charter/Twin Falls Times-News. More here.

Question: Do you agree-disagree with the Twin Falls Times News opinion that Idahoans should support all 3 constitutional amendments on the ballot next Tuesday?

Activist Fights Proposed Amendments

A vocal gadfly who convinced the Idaho Supreme Court to stop Boise from building an airport parking garage is now fighting to kill three proposed constitutional amendments aimed at undermining his efforts. David Frazier wants voters this Nov. 2 to reject measures that would let local governments enter longterm debt agreements without holding an election, provided that taxpayers aren’t on the hook to pay off the debt. Frazier is convinced officials are grabbing for power and cutting out voters with these amendments, which have support of Idaho cities and counties, the Idaho Hospital Association, utilities and economic development groups/John Miller, Associated Press. More here.

Question: Did you have any understanding of the proposed constitutional amendments on the Idaho ballot before reading this article?