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Eye On Boise

Dems: ‘We’re going to object strongly’

When the Idaho House takes up two of state schools Supt. Tom Luna's reform bills tomorrow morning, House Minority Leader John Rusche, D-Lewiston, said, "Frankly, we're going to object strongly, within the tools we have, because it's bad policy and it's bad fiscal policy." The House minority caucused today, in advance of tomorrow's debate. "The constituents we've heard from, 96 percent are opposed," Rusche said. "We are getting hundreds of emails a day."

He said, "The expectation, I think, has been all along that it will pass the House. ... But we would do a disservice to our constituents if we didn't make an effort." Scheduled for debate and a final vote in the House tomorrow are SB 1108, the teacher contracts bill, and SB 1110, the teacher merit pay bill.

Betsy Z. Russell
Betsy Z. Russell joined The Spokesman-Review in 1991. She currently is a reporter in the Boise Bureau covering Idaho state government and politics, and other news from Idaho's state capital.

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