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Edit: Will Idaho Defend Constitution?

An Idaho Falls Post Register editorial points out how eager Idaho conservatives are to fight Obamacare as a violation of the U.S. Constitution. It then goes on to ask if those same conservatives are as eager to embrace uneven public school funding as a violation of the Idaho Constitution. Noting an analysis by Mike Ferguson, Idaho's former chief economist, that current public school funding violates two sections of the state Constitution, the Post Register states: "As the percentage of the state budget allocated for public schools has decreased, districts have become more reliant upon local property owners to pay maintenance and operation (M&O) costs — teacher salaries, utilities, etc. But not all Idaho communities have the same ability or willingness to backfill school budgets. That creates the kind of unlevel playing field prohibited by the state Constitution." More here.

Question: Do Idaho conservatives care as much for public education as they oppose Obamacare?

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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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