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Rep. McMillan won’t say why she voted against the public school budget

Rep. Shannon McMillan, R-Silverton, is refusing to say why she voted against seven of the eight bills that make up the public schools budget, the Lewiston Tribune reports. “When asked why she opposed the budgets, McMillan brusquely refused to answer,” writes Bill Spence of the Lewiston Tribune. “She did the same thing last year, when she also voted against six of the seven budgets, as well as the new career ladder teacher pay plan. The three-term lawmaker – who recently filed to run for a fourth term – virtually never debates on the floor or tries to gather support for her positions.”

Spence writes that McMillan has opposed appropriation bills this session for, among others, public health districts, Medicaid, the Idaho State Police, the Idaho Attorney General’s office, vocational rehabilitation, and Health & Welfare mental health services, which includes the budget for State Hospital North, which is in her district. You can read his full post here at his “Political Theater” blog.

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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