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Edit: Legislature’s Damaging Session

Many years, it is easy to criticize the Idaho Legislature for doing nothing. On the 88th and final day of the 2011 legislative session, Senate President Pro Tem Brent Hill, R-Rexburg, addressed this perennial putdown head-on. “Anyone who claims we haven’t accomplished much wasn’t paying attention.” We’d have to agree. But this was a Legislature that did a lot — yet may have done far more harm than good. A Legislature long on ambition and short on compassion. A Legislature with a wide reach but a narrow ideology. A session to be proud of? Not even close/Idaho Statesman. More here.

Question: Do you realize that the Legislature's decision to cut education spending for a third straight year merely pushes tax increases onto local school districts?

D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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