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Litigation can’t revitalize our economy or salmon

The process of developing and rolling out a big idea like my Pacific Northwest economic revitalization and salmon recovery package is never easy or pretty. Messaging a comprehensive package that touches virtually every segment of Idaho’s economy, and in particular ...

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The Idaho Legislature’s unfounded fear of social justice

Opposition to “social justice” by the Idaho Legislature, while troubling, is not surprising. If you are in a majority, who has experienced power and advantage, it’s uncomfortable to admit you’ve been part of an unfair system. This may be why ...

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As U.S. debt rises, Washington, D.C. should look to Idaho

Despite falling COVID-19 case counts; Despite President Biden’s assurances of bipartisan cooperation; Despite $1,000,000,000,000.00 ($1 trillion) in unspent COVID-19 aid across the country from previous relief bills; Democrats have passed a $1,900,000,000,000.00 ($1.9 trillion) COVID-19 spending plan through Congress without ...

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A note from the editor

Everyone’s been talking this week about “Where were you a year ago when…” In the case of the Idaho Business Review, we were having what turned out to be our last in-person event, Women of the Year. Since then, our ...

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Legislator disagrees with Simpson’s dam-busting proposal

It has taken me a moment to come up with words that are print-approved after learning that Congressman Mike Simpson is spewing rhetoric to remove dams in the northwest. Congressman Simpson asked elected officials from around the northwest to stand ...

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Legislator describes this year’s legislative roller coaster

When I started my first term in 2019, nearly every long-time Capitol observer told me it was the worst legislative session they ever experienced. In 2020, they told me that was the worst legislative session ever. And now they’re saying ...

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Higher education is critical to Idaho

Our elected senators and representatives serving in the Legislature have begun debating the budget for higher education in Idaho. Governor Little is calling for a 2.6% budget increase for our four-year institutions next fiscal year. As president of the State ...

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More foolish logic in Democrats’ COVID-19 relief plan

Democrats in Washington, D.C., are actively working to saddle your grandchildren with unprecedented levels of debt to bail out states that have not operated responsibly before or during the pandemic. The latest round of foolish logic in the Democrats’ COVID-19 ...

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A note from the editor

This is the time of year when it seems like the Legislature will never manage to accomplish its work and the session will just last forever. Except this year, that might actually be true. Not only is the Legislature grappling ...

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