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Eye On Boise

Demos give away free pork lunch

Jerry Brady, Democratic candidate for governor, was smiling in the shade outside the state Capitol at the lunch hour today, as Ada County Democrats held a “Pork for the People” luncheon in protest of the tax legislation being enacted in today’s special session. “Pork to me means that the fat cats are getting more money,” Brady said. “My take is that the utilities, the large corporations, the for-profit hospitals ought to be paying their fair share for education.”

The lunch was in the Capitol Park, across the street from the state Capitol – where Gov. Jim Risch’s tax legislation is gliding toward enactment, over the bumps of the Democrats’ objections. Though they’ve been protesting it at every point, they hold just a small minority in the Legislature.

Democratic spokesman Chuck Oxley said the event was meant to illustrate “the idea that it’s pork to the special interests, corporations and out-of-state owners who are going to make so much money out of this sham.” The lunch menu included pork sandwiches, pork and beans and salad.

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