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Rep. Barrett: ‘We find out there’s no Wizard of Oz after all’

Here’s the final comment from Rep. Lenore Barrett, R-Challis, at this morning’s House Rev & Tax Committee meeting on Gov. Butch Otter’s legislation to revise and expand his “Hire One More Employee,” or HOME, tax credit; the famously outspoken lawmaker acidly objected to introducing the bill:

“We’ve been down this road before, with our subsidies, our helps and our whatever it is we think we need to do to make some profit or keep the state in business. I’m sitting here thinking Henry Ford, all the people that used to get out there and work and produce and make a profit, and they did it without professional economic advisers. They wouldn’t have done it if they didn’t see the profit. So I just feel like we take these big trips to the Emerald City and then when we get there, we find out there’s no Wizard of Oz after all, and all Dorothy had to do to get back to Kansas was click her heels three times. … I don’t see this kind of stimulus as being productive, so I won’t support the 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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