Wishing all of you a safe, prosperous and happy New Year! If you're out tonite, please don't drink and drive, I'd like to see you next year!
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Taking some time to read Clancy's latest "Locked On". Classic Clancy, great read... his books always make you think, some of his stuff is so very accurate, it makes you wonder about the stuff you don't know goes on in the world.
Posted by Sen. Marv Hagedorn at 3:35 PM
Thursday, December 22, 2011
I have always done what business I can with our local Zamzows because they are local and do good things for the community. I can't thank them enough for what they are doing (unsolicited by the way) for the Wyakin Warrior Foundation. If you need a Christmas tree or just want to donate, please stop by at one of their stores.
Posted by Sen. Marv Hagedorn at 8:59 PM
Tuesday, December 20, 2011
Had a good meeting with the Treasure Valley Chamber Alliance this morning, it was good to see that we are all pretty much on the same sheet of music. My only concern is that it appears their root of support for some ideas were more due to fear of federal intervention. I prefer supporting ideas that are right for Idaho and our citizens, not because I'm afraid of a federal brow beating...
Posted by Sen. Marv Hagedorn at 1:37 PM
Monday, December 19, 2011
Friday, December 16, 2011
Quite a day: JFAC with lots of numbers regarding everything from substance abuse to corrections to Parks and Recreation and topped it off with a wonderful evening at the Idaho House with the Gov and First Lady and lots of visitors, even Ester Simplot the original owner of the home came to enjoy the decorations and get to know the WyWF program... thanks all for coming and what you do for our heros.
Posted by Sen. Marv Hagedorn at 9:03 PM
An American Hero who might not be Time's Man of the Year, but he's mine! www.time.com/time/specials/packages/article/0,2880....html
Thursday, December 15, 2011
JFAC meeting: We have a 40% risk of a double dip, recovery is not solid. DFM projected a ~6.7% increase, but we are currently looking at ~4.4% increase over our last Jan. projections which will allow us to likely cover statutory budget increases and some things we've had to put off, but not much I fear. Rainy day funds (IMHO) must be replenished ASAP. More tomorrow!
Posted by Sen. Marv Hagedorn at 7:08 PM
Wednesday, December 14, 2011
JFAC meeting starts early tomorrow. Looking at replacing a lot of one-time money from last years budget, I see the rest going to growth with little left for much else unless the economy picks back up.
Posted by Sen. Marv Hagedorn at 9:52 PM
Tuesday, December 13, 2011
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In tribute to our Greatest Generation and the new one now being forged: "To those in our Navy’s uniform today, you are wearing the history of our Navy. It is the men and women that stood against the rising sun of tyranny that are honored today. Yet, it is in you that their memory is best remembered. You are America’s Navy, you must carry the torch first lit in 1775, and rekindled on this day 70 years ago. It is to you that America looks, longing for leadership, yearning for direction, and searching for security. Remember always, the history of our Navy is not who we were, or where we have been. The history of our Navy is who we are, and where we are sailing." HMCM (ret) Lyle Lookingbill
Posted by Sen. Marv Hagedorn at 10:00 AM
Tuesday, December 6, 2011
I can't tell you how refreshing it was to see the progress made in both ITD and ACHD from 5 years ago when I got involved in the Legislature. This is a great example of successful change management within both of these organizations. Thanks to Dir. Ness (ITD) and Dir. Wong (ACHD) for their leadership.
Posted by Sen. Marv Hagedorn at 7:33 PM
Sunday, December 4, 2011
Saturday, December 3, 2011
Biggest BSU Wyakin Warrior Tailgate in our history! Who else has free massage chairs at their tailgates? Thanks to Three Oaks Academy & Integrative Therapy for their gracious donation of time and talent in making this a very unique and fun tailgate party for our Warriors!
Posted by Sen. Marv Hagedorn at 10:47 PM
Friday, December 2, 2011
Long day: WyWF fundraiser discussions, IMA Healthcare discussions, BSU class on how Legislative committee meetings work, Income Tax reduction discussions in the Gov's office then off to dinner with my bride at Rick's Pressroom before the Meridian Christmas tree lighting ceremony. Good job to all in making our State a better place to live!
Posted by Sen. Marv Hagedorn at 8:37 PM
Thursday, December 1, 2011
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"Let the Constitution be taught in schools, seminaries and colleges; let it be preached from the pulpit, proclaimed in legislative halls, enforced in courts of justice. In short, let it become the political religion of the nation." Abraham Lincoln
Posted by Sen. Marv Hagedorn at 12:28 PM
Thursday, November 17, 2011
Great working with the Leadership Boise program today, we've got some wonderful folks going through that program. Topped the day with our Idaho Medical Assoc. issues review where we covered quite a number of topics... from our low doctor to patient ratio to healthcare insurance exchanges... My brain, again, hurts.
Posted by Sen. Marv Hagedorn at 10:03 PM
Lots of meetings and discussions yesterday from fundraising for the Wyakin Warriors to Legislative Q & A with non-profits put on by the ID Public Health Assoc. Starts again today with Leadership Boise at the Capital!
Posted by Sen. Marv Hagedorn at 7:14 AM
Tuesday, November 15, 2011
Spent the morning making good progress on re-writing Idaho's highway access management plan. We are removing those things that impede business with safety as a priority. Have a diversity of key players that are impacted participating in the proposed changes to ensure fairness to the needs of all users of our State transportation system.
Posted by Sen. Marv Hagedorn at 1:45 PM
Sunday, November 13, 2011
Friday, November 11, 2011
Enjoyed dinner with the Ada County Farm Bureau last night, Speech at the ID Fire Commissioners Assoc this morning and then honored to be in attendance of the funeral of Rep. Pat Takasugi (ex. Army Ranger). Not a better day to celebrate Pat's life and all he contributed to his country, state and community. He will rest peacefully, he earned it....
Posted by Sen. Marv Hagedorn at 3:54 PM
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BSU's football program continues to grow leaders: www.ktvb.com/home/aa-hrefhttpisgdUDdFAcBoise-State....html
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These pages of the Fiscal Facts book show Idaho revenue and appropriations from all sources of revenue (includes federal Dollars) legislature.idaho.gov/budget/publications/PDFs/Fis...s.pdf
Posted by Sen. Marv Hagedorn at 11:45 AM
The 2011 Idaho Fiscal Facts book is now avail online. I will start listing pages of general interest and answer questions as I can. legislature.idaho.gov/budget/publications/PDFs/Fis...s.pdf
Posted by Sen. Marv Hagedorn at 11:41 AM
Thursday, October 20, 2011
Is this really how you want your money spent? abcnews.go.com/Blotter/car-company-us-loan-builds-...70875
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A note to my conservative friends who are following the GOP Presidential Candidate races:
Remember that our primaries around the country are to distill that candidate that WE want to run against President Obama. I would advise not to get caught up in "who's got the best plan" thing, but be more focused on who has the ability to get the Executive branch working with the Legislative branch for the betterment of our nation. Discussions of plans and past behaviors are an excellent way to determine the core character of a man or woman that is reaching for our vote. We are not electing a "King" who will be able to implement everything he promises, but someone who can lead from the front and be able to ask hard questions and make tough decisions.
We've seen a perfect example of believing one's promises to get elected ("Close Gitmo", "Double Funding for After School Programs", "Increase minimum wage to $9.50/hr", "Pay for the national service plan without increasing the deficit", "Reduce earmarks to 1994 levels", "Give annual State of the World" address","Enact windfall profits tax for oil companies", "Create cap and trade system with interim goals to reduce global warming", "Require plug-in fleet at the White House"... and that list of promises goes on and on). We have 3 branches of government and each of those branches require leadership that understands moving the ball forward is "Hard work" (like peace) and that requires making decisions that will likely even get us conservatives upset at times.... but that's what it's going to take to right this ship.
Campaigning is about not only inspiring your base of supporters to get out and vote, but can also be about dis-incentivizing the base of your opponent to keep them from going to the polls. Example: how will you feel (say, if Gov Romney is our candidate) when the President praises him for creating "Romneycare" in MA and "credits" it as the foundation of "Obamacare"? Do you think that might turn off some conservatives from going to the polls to vote for our candidate (in which case Obama wins)? I think it will, and that's just one example of the risks we need to also focus on when picking our candidate for to run for President... Even if the President's support lags and he sees a reduction of votes from his base, he just needs to keep our candidates base from coming out to vote by discrediting our candidate abilities, background or experience! This could truly be an election of having to hold one's nose for either candidate... if we again let it be that way.
With the funds being raised, I think this is going to be a ugly Presidential election. I would advise you to look for that GOP candidate who has exhibited examples of leadership, success and life experiences and that has the widest base of support with the least amount of risk of losing support from our conservative base when things get ugly. It's a lot to ask of a single man or woman, but we need our best to stand tall and win the Presidency in 2012... our nation's future depends on your involvement and support of who that person will be.
Let's not "eat our young" but get to know these people so to select the best person for this job and then get behind them.
Wednesday, October 12, 2011
Tuesday, October 11, 2011
At his retirement ceremony last week, Adm Mike Mullen (Chairman, JCS) posed this question: Where do you think America's troops learn how to be so brave?
"In your homes, in your schools, in your communities," he said. "Welcome them back to those places not only with bands and bunting or yellow ribbons, but with the solemn recognition that they have done your bidding." (www.wyakin.org)
Posted by Sen. Marv Hagedorn at 9:03 PM
Sunday, October 9, 2011
Wednesday, October 5, 2011
In God We Trust, everyone else needs data! Here's a good example of that data the media seems remiss on covering... www.foxnews.com/opinion/2011/09/30/media-silence-i...-news
Posted by Sen. Marv Hagedorn at 10:18 AM
Tuesday, October 4, 2011
Sunday, October 2, 2011
Go to Joe's Crab Shack for a delicious dinner this upcoming Tuesday, October 4, 2011, any time between 5 and 11 p.m. and present the attached ticket/coupon to your server. This is not a meeting, just the opportunity to have 10% of your dinner price donated to the Ada County GOP! chumly.com/attachment/4239792
Posted by Sen. Marv Hagedorn at 8:31 PM
Friday, September 30, 2011
Not sure my comments on recent Healthcare Insurance Exchanges were seen on my Facebook page, so will repost them here:
The issue that brought us to "Obamacare" (aka the ACA bill) was that we can no longer afford to continue on the same path we are on for healthcare, we can't continue to do what we've always done, we need a new process. Prices are going up for care by ~2.5% per year... we (private citizens, employers and states) have run out of room to continue these increases.
Obamacare has changed everything, I believe for the worse as it doesn't focus on cost drivers, as well as included mandates for a Federally approved, or run, Healthcare Insurance Exchange program in each State. A resource that would allow a consumer to "shop" for insurance that would fit their situation is a good idea, think of it like an Orbitz website for airline tickets. That's not a bad idea and would create more competition to provide the best prices for the consumers... that said, the Obamacare bill creates many federal strings within the Healthcare Exchange program for it to be "approved" that cause me grave concern over it's cost to our citizens in the long run. First and foremost, it will add ~100,000 more people on the Idaho's Medicare program at costs in the hundreds of millions in state revenue that we don't have nor can afford. It doesn't resolve the cost component of the delivery of healthcare, yet creates another level of bureaucracy that does not address the problem of availability or quality.
I can see value in a properly set up Healthcare Insurance Exchange, but not as a Federal or State run program and certainly not with the use of funds authorized for grants within the Obamacare bill... not when the Idaho State Legislature and Executive branch were the first in the nation to stand tall in opposition to the ACA bill and elected to sue the feds over its implementation. What kind of message do we send the courts when on one hand we are in a legal battle to overturn the bill, while having our other outstretched hand asking for these grants to implement the Obamacare requirements? (Set forth in an arbitrary timeline within the same bill we are trying to overturn!)
I have been studying this issue for months and now have spent the 7 hours yesterday drinking from a firehose learning about the requirements set forth in the bill and the efforts now underway within the Dept. of Insurance and Dept. of Health and Welfare to meet those requirements. I don't see us focused on the issue of cost, delivery, availability and quality to our citizens, rather an effort to meet deadlines and directives in a bill the majority of us believe to be unconstitutional. In a bill that is now before the Supreme Court where it could be overturned. In a bill that all but one of the current Presidential candidates for the 2012 election have vowed to undo. I have concerns that we are trying to create a silk purse out of a pigs ear by rushing to meet the deadlines within this bill and not building what Idaho needs to meet it's challenges of providing good healthcare for Idahoans in the future. If Healthcare Exchanges are a good thing, then let's see a non-profit, or for-profit, business plan for a self sustaining program that can be taken to a bank that would provide a loan or could be bonded to support... I see the state playing a role in some sort of capacity ensuring all providers are treated equally so to provide a level playing field, but not running this program ourselves.... no, this is something the private sector can do much better than government.
We also need to ask Doctors, hospitals, insurance carriers and all those involved in the process of providing healthcare to "open the kimono" enough so that each can understand the others roadblocks to working together to provide cost effective, quality healthcare available to the vast majority of the public.... while still enabling those businesses providing those services to still make a reasonable profit and serve their communities.
Can it be done?
Posted by Sen. Marv Hagedorn at 5:02 PM
Making great progress in rewriting the Idaho Transportation Access Management plan for our state highways. The old plan is just not working and is impeding economic development. Also attended a very productive meeting between ACHD and Meridian City leaders in discussions regarding critical decision points for the city split corridor construction.
Posted by Sen. Marv Hagedorn at 1:13 PM
Thursday, September 29, 2011
I wished I'd been able to spend more time with this man, he truly is one of my heros: www.militarytimes.com/blogs/broadside/2011/09/29/f...ullen
Posted by Sen. Marv Hagedorn at 5:17 PM
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What a great ceremony at the Idaho Veteran's Memorial today. 54 Idahoans have given their lives since 9-11-01 in service to all of us, remembering them and those that continue to protect our way of life is the least we can do...
Posted by Sen. Marv Hagedorn at 9:32 PM
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Kevin and I worked together for many years, we were good friends. He was a good man... in God's hands now. www.idahostatesman.com/2011/09/01/1782606/fatal-cr....html
Posted by Sen. Marv Hagedorn at 10:10 AM
Wednesday, August 31, 2011
The more I listen to and learn about Herman Cain, the more I like him and the fact he carries no baggage into the Presidential race: video.foxnews.com/v/1137957804001/cain-on-dems-vs-...-jobs
Posted by Sen. Marv Hagedorn at 9:25 PM
Tuesday, August 30, 2011
You cut taxes to allow business to re-invest in their business and hire people. Cutting taxes while at the same time removing exemptions would just make business pay their tax liability out of another pocket with no real benefit to business as a whole (which should be the goal). Real impact would be cutting the 7.8% individual income tax that the majority of small business pays. Small business in Idaho employ way more people than do those that file under the corporate income tax rate of 7.6%.
If you want to cut exemptions so the state gets out of the business of picking winners and losers, that's another issue altogether and should not be coupled with the discussion of income tax reduction. Put them together and all we do is tread more "economic" water, because the tax liability at the end of the day for business would not change.
...and again, the Statesman gets it wrong:www.idahostatesman.com/2011/08/30/1777914/the-righ...k=twt
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Great discussion this morning about the issues surrounding the Endowment Lands of Idaho. Also a great meeting of the Wyakin Warrior Foundation Board of Directors. Tomorrow we induct our Pathfinder class into the WyWF program at the Governor's Mansion!
Posted by Sen. Marv Hagedorn at 6:08 PM
Wednesday, August 17, 2011
I watched the Presidents speech today telling us how he's "got a job plan" that he will unveil in Sept., after his vacation. I suspect the unemployed are not really feeling that "hope and change" love....
Posted by Sen. Marv Hagedorn at 10:27 PM
Monday, August 15, 2011
Friday, August 12, 2011
... Why doesn't the United States invade the United States and win the hearts and minds of the population by building roads, bridges and putting locals to work?... (thanks to Barry Hester for his wit)
Posted by Sen. Marv Hagedorn at 9:03 AM
Thursday, August 11, 2011
Idaho July revenue just a bit higher than anticipated. The monthly wrap-up and FY year to date totals:www.dfm.idaho.gov/Publications/EAB/GFRR/GFRR2012/G...1.pdf
Posted by Sen. Marv Hagedorn at 9:06 PM
Very busy week: Multiple Wyakin Warrior Foundation meetings including with our fav team from the Joint Chiefs of Staff. ATV Task Force, Dir. ITD, local business owners regarding upcoming construction plans for Eagle and Fairview, Meridian Chamber, American Red Cross, Ada County GOP.... whew, glad this week is coming to an end!
Posted by Sen. Marv Hagedorn at 8:41 PM
Tuesday, August 9, 2011
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Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of the lost SPECWAR team members lost yesterday. Let's not only think about them when they are gone, we are in the longest war in US history, keep them all in your thoughts and prayers always please...
Posted by Sen. Marv Hagedorn at 11:28 AM
Saturday, August 6, 2011
My buddy Jack Kings and I have been out on our own "Jeep Safari" into Idaho's wilderness, so I've have been out of touch for a few days. Will try to catch up on vmails/emails and FB stuff soon and will post pictures as well. We had a great trip through the Bitterroot and Frank Church Wilderness as well as the Custer road out of Challis to Sunbeam: www.legendsofamerica.com/id-bonanzacuster.html
Posted by Sen. Marv Hagedorn at 9:06 PM
Tuesday, August 2, 2011
I'm positive that there are gaps and inaccuracies, however, this is an excellent read: www.newyorker.com/reporting/2011/08/08/110808fa_fa...e=all
Posted by Sen. Marv Hagedorn at 9:24 AM
Monday, August 1, 2011
As many of you know, we've selected our Pathfinder class of wounded vets for the Wyakin Warrior Foundation's BSU/CWI education program. We are seeking volunteers to help our veterans at both BSU and CWI. If you think you might be able to spare some time to help bring these heros back into the civilian world go to our volunteer page and apply: www.wyakin.org/how-to-help/volunteering
Posted by Sen. Marv Hagedorn at 10:45 PM
Thursday, July 28, 2011
Productive meeting this morning on the State Interoperability Exec Council. We've made a ton of progress in getting all of our 1st responders the capability of communicating. We are finishing up some of the backbone that will also increase the bandwidth/capabilities of the Idaho Education Network as well!
Posted by Sen. Marv Hagedorn at 9:27 PM
Wednesday, July 27, 2011
Always good to have a chat over a good cup of joe with my friend and assist Meridian Police Chief, Tracy Basterrechea. We are very lucky to have such a great team in our Meridian PD... I've got to make time to do another ride-along with them, it's always eye opening regarding the things they do to keep us safe.
Posted by Sen. Marv Hagedorn at 10:06 PM
Tuesday, July 26, 2011
Way too much coffee today at various meetings. I didn't ever think I could drink too much, wrong. Good meetings regarding MDC, Teacher recognition and PTA concerns about Idaho's Endowment Land management.
Posted by Sen. Marv Hagedorn at 9:53 PM
Sunday, July 24, 2011
Friday, July 22, 2011
Got Ken's pump pulled and the McCall Pump dude got it replaced, got the trailer/boat train home and ran over to pick up the new awning. My good friend Jack Kings and I spent the rest of the day installing it... the trailer is now complete and ready to rumble!
Posted by Sen. Marv Hagedorn at 10:58 PM
Tuesday, July 12, 2011
Well the final FY11 state revenue numbers are in, we are up ~$85.3m for the end of the year! Most of that (~$60M) will be available for local school boards use this evening. Meridian School District will get an extra ~$7.1m, Boise will get ~$5.1M (all based on student load) that is the result of our bill to ensure that end of FY11 year extra went to education for use in FY12!
Monday, July 11, 2011
We were found by a nice Border Collie at the Meridian Shelter today... she's about 5 and seemed to want us to take her home. Will be nice to have a good dog around the house again. We've had great luck with dogs from the shelters, if you are in the market, please take a look!
Posted by Sen. Marv Hagedorn at 10:14 PM
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For those interested: The funeral for Mary Jo Roberts will be held Saturday, July 9, 2011, 2:00 p.m. at Donnelly Bible Church, Donnelly, ID. The family suggests that in lieu of flowers contributions be made to the Mary Jo Roberts Memorial Scholarship Fund. Please make checks payable to the Donnelly Bible Church (P.O. Box 167, Donnelly, ID 83615) and note on the memo line"Mary Jo Roberts Memorial Scholarship Fund”.
Posted by Sen. Marv Hagedorn at 8:47 PM
Monday, July 4, 2011
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Thursday, June 30, 2011
Had good discussions today with one of my fav ACHD Commissioners and then attended a meeting regarding the "Idaho Chinese Invasion". I tried to provide some historical input about what's really going on with various investments in the US to include Idaho, but after the meeting was accused of being on the take because of my international business background... sometimes you just can't win.
Posted by Sen. Marv Hagedorn at 10:04 PM
Wednesday, June 29, 2011
Had some good meetings today with the Gov's staff regarding some transportation and natural resource issues (Wolves)... then went on to build a trailer hitch for our 5th wheel trailer so we can pull some toys along with it!
Posted by Sen. Marv Hagedorn at 8:05 PM
Monday, June 27, 2011
Tune in to 670 KBOI tomorrow afternoon from 4 to 7 pm. Natalie Hurst will be standing in for Nate Shelman hosting Sen Nicole LeFavour and I. We will be answering your questions and discussing all sorts of things about how Idaho works (and sometimes doesn't)... as well as messing with Nate's Facebook account! ;-)
Posted by Sen. Marv Hagedorn at 5:01 PM
Sunday, June 26, 2011
Nice weekend camping at Cascade Lake. Learned a couple things about our State Campgrounds that I need to talk to the Director about to make things easier for the users... everyday if you don't learn something, you're doing it wrong.
Posted by Sen. Marv Hagedorn at 7:26 PM
Friday, June 24, 2011
Had a great JFAC Committee trip this week. We went over the state revenue as compared to our approved budgets, saw some pretty cool school technology being used in McCall and some historical work being done just East of Donnelly. Long bus ride, but good to see great things are happening in Idaho!
Posted by Sen. Marv Hagedorn at 10:45 PM
Thursday, June 23, 2011
Interesting that Bloomberg does an article on our Governor just as he actively assumes a position to head Gov Romney's Presidential campaign in Idaho... has Bloomberg seen something most Idahoan's haven't? www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-06-22/-code-of-the-wes....html
Posted by Sen. Marv Hagedorn at 10:34 PM
Tuesday, June 21, 2011
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Union Pacific to make a huge transportation infrastructure investment in Idaho: www.idahostatejournal.com/news/local/article_4bd16....html
Posted by Sen. Marv Hagedorn at 10:14 PM
Saturday, June 18, 2011
Received from a fellow Chief Warrant in an email today:
Two old retired Vets were sitting at the VFW arguing about who'd had the tougher career.
"I did 30 years in the Corps," Sam, the former Marine declared proudly, "and fought in three of
my country's wars. Fresh out of boot camp, I hit the beach at Okinawa, clawed my way up the
blood-soaked sand, and eventually took out an entire enemy machine gun nest with a single grenade.
As a sergeant, I fought in Korea alongside General MacArthur. We pushed back the enemy inch by
bloody inch, all the way up to the Chinese border, always under a barrage of artillery and small arms fire.
Finally, as a Gunny Sergeant, I did three consecutive combat tours in Vietnam. We humped through the
mud and razor grass for 14hours a day, plagued by rain and mosquitoes, ducking under sniper fire all day,
and mortar fire all night. In a firefight, we'd fire until our arms ached and our guns were empty,
then we'd charge the enemy with bayonets!"
"Ah," said Elmer, a retired Chief Petty Officer in the U.S. Navy, with a dismissive wave of his hand,
"Lucky bastard ! All shore duty, eh?"
Posted by Sen. Marv Hagedorn at 10:20 PM
Friday, June 17, 2011
38 years ago I graduated from Idaho Boys State, tonight I had the privilege of being the keynote speaker at this years graduation, truly and honor. I hope there will be someone in this class that will stand before the class of 2049 and have the same privilege...
Posted by Sen. Marv Hagedorn at 9:52 PM
Thursday, June 16, 2011
Wednesday, June 15, 2011
Talked to Rep Bedke today, he's doing better as time goes on. Was assigned by the House Speaker to an ATV Task-force (subcommittee of Natural Resources) to work on ATV user issues between Parks & Rec, Fish & Game and ITD...
Posted by Sen. Marv Hagedorn at 7:57 PM
Tuesday, June 14, 2011
Spent the last couple days in Twin Falls talking with business leaders of Idaho to understand issues that face them and prevent their success. Timber, paper products, power, mining, ag and many others and got some great insight. This afternoon has a very good meeting with the Idaho Chamber Alliance regarding business income tax reductions as well.
Posted by Sen. Marv Hagedorn at 6:25 PM
Monday, June 13, 2011
Friday, June 10, 2011
Completed a high speed run to Bremerton in the last 36 hours to pick up our new (to us) 29.5' 5th wheel Arctic Fox, lost the vacuum pump in the truck so no compression brake on the way back... when it was needed. No probs.
Posted by Sen. Marv Hagedorn at 6:39 PM
Thursday, June 9, 2011
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Had an interesting meeting today, "fuels quality" testing. Idaho does not have a quality testing program to ensure consumers are getting the fuels they are purchasing (i.e. Octane, purity, cetane, ethanol %....). Is it's the state's role? We do have a weights & measures program to test amounts pumped, but nothing about what's pumped. What are your thoughts?
Posted by Sen. Marv Hagedorn at 8:56 PM
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Has been nice to have my folks here this weekend. Mom and Dad are in good health in their late 70's and we have been having a nice time just hanging out... too bad the weather wasn't better, would have liked to take Dad fishing.
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In light of the nuclear incidents in Japan, INL has increased our outreach efforts to help Idahoans better understand the nuclear mission of the Idaho National Laboratory and the work done there. They will hold an open house will be TODAY at the Silverstone Plaze in Meridian from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. with a short presentation beginning at 6:00 p.m. They'll have information and experts available for any of you who might have an interest in INL's seismic readiness and environmental monitoring activities.
Posted by Sen. Marv Hagedorn at 8:05 AM
Saturday, May 21, 2011
This was a nice surprise and unexpected (third thank you down): www.idahostatesman.com/2011/05/21/1657279/letters-....html
Posted by Sen. Marv Hagedorn at 9:43 PM
Friday, May 20, 2011
So, if I drive up to "Time Zone Bridge" just north of Riggins Idaho going from MST into PST and then at 5:59 pm drive South across the bridge where it will then be 6:59 pm will I miss the whole end of the world thing?
Posted by Sen. Marv Hagedorn at 11:00 PM
Spent the 1st half of the day at ITD on the Director's taskforce to understand and fix State Highway access issues. Lot's of transition issues need to be addressed! Was able to spend the last half of my day taking care of our rental sprinklers and finally getting the lawn mowed this week... ah, the weekend!
Thursday, May 19, 2011
WyWF meetings this morning were productive as was the lunch with the "Backbenchers" of our legislative class to include now Congressman Raul. Attended a wonderful banquet for the Idaho Freedom Foundation's 2nd anniversary, congrats to a team of folks working hard to bring light to dark places in government...
Posted by Sen. Marv Hagedorn at 11:22 PM
Our 1st Wyakin Warriors have been selected! www.militarytimes.com/blogs/broadside/2011/05/19/f...rdees
Posted by Sen. Marv Hagedorn at 11:15 PM
Busy day yesterday between meetings for the Wyakin Warrior Foundation, Right of Center Luncheon and transportation multi-modal interchange planning discussions... left little time to get much else done. I did get a chance to take and pass my motorcycle endorsement test at DMV between meetings.
Posted by Sen. Marv Hagedorn at 8:22 AM
Tuesday, May 17, 2011
Monday, May 16, 2011
Meridian residents (and others in Idaho) will vote tomorrow under our first consolidated election process. We will now have only (up to) 4 election days per year. Please make plans to go to your normal poling place tomorrow and cast your vote with regards to a suggested increase in property tax levee for School Dist #2.
Sunday, May 15, 2011
Saturday, May 14, 2011
Monday, May 9, 2011
Had a Wyakin Warrior Foundation board of directors meeting last night and selected our first Wyakin Warriors to go to BSU & CWI! Great candidates, there is great need for ensuring we don't allow those coming home down for what they've sacrificed.
Posted by Sen. Marv Hagedorn at 10:35 AM
Friday, May 6, 2011
Good day, got a lot of stuff around the house done that's been needing some attention. Cut some rhubarb and froze it up for pies and crisps later this year. We've got an "abandoned" home two houses down, so I got it's sprinklers going so it doesn't make the 'hood look so bad. Looks like I've got 2 yards to mow until it's sold!
Posted by Sen. Marv Hagedorn at 6:46 PM
Thursday, May 5, 2011
We took care of my buddy Jeff Bacon's dog Elway while he and Becky and Nicole were in San Diego drawing cartoons for the troops: www.militarytimes.com/blogs/broadside/2011/05/05/t...elway
Posted by Sen. Marv Hagedorn at 10:44 PM
Wednesday, May 4, 2011
Have had a few good meetings that last couple days regarding the income tax reduction proposal and how to get traction on it next session. Also met with the Troxell Foundation to educate them on the Wyakin Warrior Foundation for a potential grant from them. Lots of good things going on...
Posted by Sen. Marv Hagedorn at 11:05 PM
Sunday, May 1, 2011
At the end of the day, once the celebration is done, we need to think about and thank that team of men that went in and got him... these American heros are the lucky chosen few that were able to do the deed that needed to be done for our country. BZ to them and the other intel folks that had their six as well as the others in the queue to take care of business....
Posted by Sen. Marv Hagedorn at 10:52 PM
Saturday, April 30, 2011
Will be attending the the 'Rock of Honor" ground breaking ceremony this morning at 11:00 am at Kleiner Park (Fairview & Eagle). Gather at the construction trailer at the north end of Venture St. (north of WalMart n. of Mtn. West Bank). This memorial 'rock' plans to honor the fallen soldiers from Meridian, come down and join us!
Posted by Sen. Marv Hagedorn at 9:19 AM
Friday, April 29, 2011
Comment from last night's Town Hall: "You sure do have an exciting life"... (referring to our little attempted home intrusion the last day of the session) made me reflect. Life should be lived as an adventure that excites you to see what it will bring next... always being prepared for both the good and bad things that adventure will throw at you.
Posted by Sen. Marv Hagedorn at 10:29 AM
Thursday, April 28, 2011
Meeting this morning with ISP to discuss how to better fund enforcement of liquor laws and then prep for our District 20/14 Town hall meeting tonight at 7:00PM at River Valley Elementary on Eagle Road just north of Fairview... hope to see many of you there!
Posted by Sen. Marv Hagedorn at 8:11 AM
Wednesday, April 27, 2011
Busy day started with a visit to ISP, the Meridian Chamber and then to the ESGR (Employers Supporting Guard and Reserve) awards luncheon. We shared a lot of info regarding the Wyakin Warrior Foundation and our relationship with the Guard and Reserve equal to Active duty wounded. Finished the evening with the Meridian FD working on their strategic plan...
Posted by Sen. Marv Hagedorn at 9:02 PM
Monday, April 25, 2011
Passed my STAR training, good class and had fun riding the supplied bikes through the various courses. Finished early Sunday eve to rush home for a fine dinner with family and friends... wearing helmet hair. But hey, "Bikers" don't care about that huh? ;-)
Posted by Sen. Marv Hagedorn at 10:02 AM
Our hearts and prayers go out to Larry's family... how sad
Posted by Sen. Marv Hagedorn at 9:50 AM
Saturday, April 23, 2011
Friday, April 22, 2011
The 1st bill the YMCA HS students had yesterday was an anti-texting while driving bill... but, as much as they agreed it was a bad activity they couldn't find a way to make it work and didn't pass the bill from committee (been there, done that). Here is a link to a campaign in Meridian that will continue to bring visibility to this dangerous behavior: www.stopdeadlytexting.com/wordpress
Posted by Sen. Marv Hagedorn at 8:29 AM
Thursday, April 21, 2011
Had a good time with the YMCA high school kids doing their week in the Legislature (like Boys and Girls State, but co-ed). They ran a number of bills through their own committees today to be heard on their respective House and Senate floors later this week.
Posted by Sen. Marv Hagedorn at 1:45 PM
Wednesday, April 20, 2011
Tuesday, April 19, 2011
Trying to live stream the Meridian City Council meeting and it's very frustrating! Not enough bandwidth provided to get the audio and vid to come in constantly. I have tried to keep a distance between City business and State business, I respect our Mayor and City Council members and believe they will make good decisions without the requested influence by elected state officials. It's hard to bite my tongue sometimes... but proper in this instance in my opinion.
Posted by Sen. Marv Hagedorn at 9:31 PM
Monday, April 18, 2011
Been off the grid a few days trying to catch up on things. Good meeting this afternoon in the Gov's office regarding H343 (Wolf Emergency Declaration bill). There are some issues with the bill, but nothing we can't fix next session. Good bill, should pass... ;-)
Thursday, April 14, 2011
Made a run to the shop in Marsing today to exchange "toys" for the year, then off to the Ada County GOP Exec. Board meeting. Was asked to speak at a class for a BSU prof teaching poli-sci about our legislative process and my experiences. I do enjoy being back in the classroom!
Wednesday, April 13, 2011
Tuesday, April 12, 2011
Got lots of yard work caught up today, loaded the winter "fun stuff" (ice fishing shanty, snow machines...) up in the truck to take out to the shop in Marsing so I can bring back the summer fun things (boat and camper)... It's hard work living in Idaho!
Posted by Sen. Marv Hagedorn at 10:33 PM
Monday, April 11, 2011
Took care of the bank, Post Office, Tax Commission and cleaned my desk at the Capital. Had a really good meeting at BSU planning a new Veteran's Service Center to consolidate services for our 3000 vets going to BSU and CWI...
Posted by Sen. Marv Hagedorn at 9:39 PM
Sunday, April 10, 2011
MT Judge rejects a Wolf settlement with 10 of 14 enviro groups, but we had Sen Simpson working for us to get them delisted in Congress. We should know more next week: www.nytimes.com/2011/04/11/us/11budget.html
Posted by Sen. Marv Hagedorn at 9:33 PM
Up early with that anxious feeling that I need to be doing something... part of session decompression I guess. Head out to the desert this afternoon with JD in the Rubicon... mountain roads still blocked with snow, but I need to get out!
Posted by Sen. Marv Hagedorn at 7:47 AM
Friday, April 8, 2011
Thursday, April 7, 2011
Wednesday, April 6, 2011
Sat with the Speaker this evening in his office watching the Senate debate on House Bill H343 many of us co-sponsored to allow the Gov to also have emergency powers to protect Idaho's wildlife from Wolf depredation. The bill passed and will now be headed to the Gov's office for signature...
Posted by Sen. Marv Hagedorn at 9:01 PM
Our House Pages did a great skit today (their last day) imitating some of the more humorous floor antics this session. Now on to ATV, Water Rights, Election and Education bills to get this session finished...
Posted by Sen. Marv Hagedorn at 10:57 AM
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Posted by Sen. Marv Hagedorn at 9:53 AM
Tuesday, April 5, 2011
We voted today on a bill that would extend the sales tax exemption for wind power. The most interesting vote was by the Democratic Caucus all voting for the extension of the exemption that could be worth ~$70m. I don't understand that logic when they were just last week forcing the reading of bills until they got a hearing on some tax increase bills... wouldn't it be better to remove this exemption?
Posted by Sen. Marv Hagedorn at 7:05 PM
Monday, April 4, 2011
Busy day: Honored to sit next to Adm Mullen for breakfast this morning, then we printed a bill to replace bridges in the Senate, pass a resolution recognizing the Capt and crew of the USS Boise for their Battle E award in committee, then attended the final town hall that Adm held at BSU. Came back to the Capital where we passed the H&W budget and some other appropriations... whirlwind to say the least
Posted by Sen. Marv Hagedorn at 5:12 PM
Great breakfast meeting this morning with Adm Mullen and the Mayors of SW Idaho. He very well articulated the issues of transition of warriors back to civilian life and what's needed to help them... he truly "gets it"!
Posted by Sen. Marv Hagedorn at 10:02 AM
Sunday, April 3, 2011
We had a great meal with Adm Mullen and the families of the deployed at BSU tonight. The Chairman spent an hour with Idaho's Gold Star families and then answered questions from the families of Idaho's deployed. He stayed for pictures and discussions much later than expected. What a well spoken man, looking forward to sitting with him for breakfast with 30 selected leaders from our state...
Posted by Sen. Marv Hagedorn at 9:48 PM
Had a great visit last night with the JCS Staff, nice to sit around the campfire and relax. This morning, Jeff Bacon did a great job in todays paper (below) describing the needs of our wounded vets coming home. Now off to have dinner with CJCS and the families of the deployed... and a few surprises!
Posted by Sen. Marv Hagedorn at 3:22 PM
Friday, April 1, 2011
Quote of the day during our floor debate on S1184 (3rd bill of Idaho's education reform): Cattle rancher Rep. Jim Guthrie (R) from Dist. 29: "Where America plans it's income on $1.20/lb sales of calves (and borrowing when those prices don't exist), Idaho plans for $.60/lb and uses any revenue above that to invest in our future".
Posted by Sen. Marv Hagedorn at 12:15 PM
Thursday, March 31, 2011
Standard and Poor Raises the Idaho State's Credit Rating: This is particularly noteworthy given what is happening with the economy. This means that the financial markets agree with the way the State of Idaho is managing its finances. This impacts not only the way we manage our cash flow, but when we sell bonds we will get better rates than other states... this is good stuff for Idaho!
Posted by Sen. Marv Hagedorn at 10:35 PM
Having taken a walk during the floor recess, she is so right... www.spokesman.com/blogs/boise/2011/mar/31/what-con...trast
Posted by Sen. Marv Hagedorn at 3:39 PM
Good debate on H337 about alternate energy tax credits. The issue at hand is wind, which seems well established, however, statute ties many of the alternates together... The wind was partially parced out, but the debate is should it have been or completely taken out? Throw the baby out with the bathwater?
Posted by Sen. Marv Hagedorn at 12:56 PM
We started out well on the floor this morning getting through a few appropriations bills with little debate. But, now we are again reading more bills out loud on the floor taking up valuable time and taxpayer resources by our State's Democrats in the House...
Posted by Sen. Marv Hagedorn at 11:15 AM
Wednesday, March 30, 2011
Still on the floor reading bills before we debate and vote on them. The majority is set for the long haul and will work late into the night and work weekends to get us done and out of here as quickly as we can.
Posted by Sen. Marv Hagedorn at 5:44 PM
We are now trying to run some bills through the House and debate their merits, but the Democrats have now asked to read a 25 page bill to protest the holding of tax raising bills in committee... at $30k/day here, it makes me wonder what their priority really is?
Posted by Sen. Marv Hagedorn at 11:00 AM
Signs of the end of the session are near, slow start this morning as we await for committees to finish their tasks and come to the floor to get us started.... but I've yet to see the media start wearing their "ugly ties" yet (which is their sign to us to finish and let them go home too).
Posted by Sen. Marv Hagedorn at 9:47 AM
Tuesday, March 29, 2011
Sitting in the review of the Legislative performance audit just completed on the contract between H&W & Molina that provides payment services for providers of H&W services. Many providers are in dire straits in getting their payments just to meet payroll!
Posted by Sen. Marv Hagedorn at 9:13 AM
Monday, March 28, 2011
Unless things head south on us, we've balanced our budget without raising taxes.
Posted by Sen. Marv Hagedorn at 11:31 AM
Sunday, March 27, 2011
Saturday, March 26, 2011
The Islamic coalition supporting the UN efforts in Libya is having a tough time identifying an Islamic leader suitable to take over when Gaddafi is overthrown. A retired Navy friend suggested we give them ours...
Posted by Sen. Marv Hagedorn at 3:23 PM
Before I left the capital last night I put the finishing touches on the Income tax reduction bill after getting the final numbers from the tax commission. Now today, I need to get my tax info done to get my own taxes done!
Posted by Sen. Marv Hagedorn at 11:45 AM
Thursday, March 24, 2011
Watched the debate on the 3rd Education bill on the Senate floor until about 6:30 then attended a wonderful fundraiser held by the Meridian Mayor's Youth Advisory Committee for the Meridian Senior Center. Excellent Job MYAC, we are growing some great young adults in Meridian!
Lots happening at the Statehouse today: We amended my Distracted Driving bill to make it better and are hearing the Education bill (S1184) in the Senate right now.... Have a few remaining touches to wrap up on the Income Tax reduction bill so we can get that moving!
Posted by Sen. Marv Hagedorn at 3:24 PM
Wednesday, March 23, 2011
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Saturday, March 19, 2011
Met a host of our Wyakin Warrior supporters this morning to move a blind WWF candidate from one house to another. It's amazing what we can all do and how quickly it can get done when we all come together! Everyone pitched in and we got him moved in just a few hours... want to help or learn more or donate to help our returning warriors? www.wyakin.org
Posted by Sen. Marv Hagedorn at 1:19 PM
Friday, March 18, 2011
How would you vote given the chance? www.reuters.com/article/2011/03/19/us-idaho-unions...10319
Posted by Sen. Marv Hagedorn at 7:11 PM
The Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff will visit us in Boise on April 4th. We received approval to release his schedule of events, please set your schedules to make one of them. This will be a great even for us to better understand his job and his thinking and for him to better understand what Idaho can do for our warriors coming home! chum.ly/attachment/1713438
Posted by Sen. Marv Hagedorn at 6:24 PM
Wednesday, March 16, 2011
A good day. It seems I've taken oaths to support and and defend the Constitution of the US and Idaho most of my life. Today we did that by passing H222 that removed the statute that is not consistent with our Idaho Constitution. (Article 1, Section 11 legislature.idaho.gov/idstat/IC/ArtISect11.htm)
Posted by Sen. Marv Hagedorn at 9:01 PM
Tuesday, March 15, 2011
I just carried the Fish and Game budget appropriation on the House floor where it passed and will now go on to the Senate... we are doing a number of appropriation budgets today, a telling milestone that the legislature is on the downhill slide to completing this session (although we do still have a lot of heavy lifting left to get there!)
Posted by Sen. Marv Hagedorn at 11:19 AM
Saturday, March 12, 2011
Thursday, March 10, 2011
We all walk among concealed weapons permit holders daily in Idaho and live under their extended"Security Blanket of Deterrence” making"bad guys” wonder who might be carrying a weapon. H222 extends that"blanket” to those permit holders to also be allowed to carry on all Idaho campus ensuring the same message is extended to those that might want to do harm in what is now a"gun free zone”...
Posted by Sen. Marv Hagedorn at 11:04 AM
Wednesday, March 9, 2011
This Legislature has tried for many years to provide a salary system that would recognize teachers for what they do and enable a structure that would allow them to continue to have a long teaching career where they could continue to get more pay for their performance. Today, after 5 different bills over the years, we passed the Idaho's 1st Merit Pay for Performance bill for Education. Congrats to our Teachers, a new door is open to you!
Posted by Sen. Marv Hagedorn at 12:28 PM
Monday, March 7, 2011
As you might imagine, with the controversial Education and Health and Welfare bills before us, combined with trying to balance our budget, we are all receiving a lot of phone calls, emails and faxes. I appreciate them all and have tried to answer them, but it has become impossible to keep up. I do read or listen to each and answer what time will allow...
Posted by Sen. Marv Hagedorn at 11:31 AM
Saturday, March 5, 2011
Even my family is now sending me emails with mis-information about the two education bills that are now in the House, I recommend that if you want to see what the bills do, do your own homework at www.sde.idaho.gov/site/studentsComeFirst and go to the Legislative website and look at S1108 (Labor relations) and S1110 (Pay for Performance) to see what we will REALLY be voting on. chum.ly/attachment/1561765
Posted by Sen. Marv Hagedorn at 6:28 PM
Friday, March 4, 2011
We passed a couple of budgets in JFAC this morning that still don't help us get to a balanced budget. For every budget we pass without trimming it, we add to the burden of what the H&W and K-12 budgets must carry in reductions at the end of the day. It's very frustrating...
Posted by Sen. Marv Hagedorn at 9:58 AM
Thursday, March 3, 2011
Running a couple bills on the House floor this afternoon: Clarify/indemnify Doctors reporting incompetent drivers to ITD and when permits are required to do work on irrigation easements and by who... the scope of issues we manage amazes me daily.
Posted by Sen. Marv Hagedorn at 2:12 PM
Wednesday, March 2, 2011
I checked in with our Idaho State Police security folks here in the Capital this afternoon (they are earning their pay!) and they showed me this sign they took from a middle school protester (I've blurred it out a bit). Tell me our Education system isn't broken... how have we allowed these kids to be used like this? (sorry if this offends, but it just saddened me to see this and I think it's important for people to know just how far off this debate has gone) F--k Luna protest sign from a middle schooler
Posted by Sen. Marv Hagedorn at 5:02 PM
Debating a tough vote on extending unemployment benefits to 106 weeks in Idaho. I had UPS tell me they could not compete to hire drivers against state and fed benefits, yes, they've had people turn down drivers jobs because they could not afford to come off the government support. We must make some hard changes, it has to start today...
Posted by Sen. Marv Hagedorn at 3:06 PM
Made a motion this morning in JFAC to defund the implementation of the American Healthcare Act until the constitutionality of the act can be decided. For various reasons the motion failed 5-15. Lots of heavy bills before all the committees this week, your legislators are earning their keep!
Posted by Sen. Marv Hagedorn at 10:23 AM
Tuesday, March 1, 2011
The Washington Post reports I'm one of the "Best State-based Political Tweets"! That's cool... voices.washingtonpost.com/thefix/fix-notes/view-be....html
Posted by Sen. Marv Hagedorn at 2:24 PM
We worked hard this morning finishing up a few more budgets, but are still well above our "glide path" to balance our budgets. If we don't start reducing un-necessary line items or slim down General Fund obligations, we will end up balancing our budgets on the backs of Health and Welfare and Education... time to buck up and slim down folks!
Posted by Sen. Marv Hagedorn at 1:54 PM
Sunday, February 27, 2011
Sen James McClure was not just a statesman, but brought people together in Idaho and our nation to get things done. Our condolences to his family, he served Idaho for many, many years... thank you for sharing him with us.
Saturday, February 26, 2011
Very long, but memorable week. We passed some bills leveling the playing field for labor, welcomed a Metal of Honor winner, started allocating funds for '12 budgets and found out we are now confirmed to have a visit to Boise by the Chairman JCS the first part of April. Exciting news for veterans, their families and those who care for them! Once we are allowed to release the schedule, I will post it here.
Posted by Sen. Marv Hagedorn at 10:37 AM
Thursday, February 24, 2011
Wednesday, February 23, 2011
I have the honor and pleasure to welcome to the Idaho House one of the last living Metal of Honor recipients from WWI tomorrow at 10:30 am. You can watch the streaming video here: www.idahoptv.org/leglive/legBody.cfm?pubPoint=Hous...House
Posted by Sen. Marv Hagedorn at 10:29 PM
Appropriated funds this morning for various dedicated budgets as well as from the interest from the Millennium fund for tobacco cessation programs. Our friend, Congressman Raul Labrador has come to the floor to give us a briefing on how he views the issues in D.C.... he's doing well representing us!
Posted by Sen. Marv Hagedorn at 11:47 AM
Monday, February 21, 2011
Worked late into the afternoon trying to find good alternatives over doing away with the Dyed Fuel program in Idaho as recommended by the Gov's Transportation Task-force. It's good to have so many experts coming to the table with suggestions.
Posted by Sen. Marv Hagedorn at 7:11 PM
Sunday, February 20, 2011
Shopping (yes me) for breakfast foods for our guests tomorrow in the Capital coming to our Memorial service for Representatives who have previously served and passed-on this last year. It's a very nice memorial starting at 10:00 am and can be watched at www.idahoptv.org/leglive/legBody.cfm?pubPoint=Hous...House
Posted by Sen. Marv Hagedorn at 12:50 PM
Saturday, February 19, 2011
Feeling much better, going to judge the Meridian FD Pipes & Drums Chile Cook-off... did you know each uniform costs ~$4K for each person? All paid for by the volunteers and fundraisers like this! www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=130590003664155
Posted by Sen. Marv Hagedorn at 12:05 PM
Friday, February 18, 2011
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Wednesday, February 9, 2011
Got a text during this afternoons committee that my Distracted Driving bill was up in Jud & Rules (I had not been informed). Ran down and was able to present and get it printed. Then had an interview by Fox 12 TV with regards to the Meridian Interchange replacement issues... now, back to the Education hearings
Posted by Sen. Marv Hagedorn at 3:56 PM
Tuesday, February 8, 2011
Monday, February 7, 2011
Reviewed 3 budgets this morning and now have lots fo bills to debate on the 3rd reading calendar... also get my distracted driving bill back from LSO early and is now ready to schedule for a print hearing!
Posted by Sen. Marv Hagedorn at 10:35 AM
Friday, February 4, 2011
Thursday, February 3, 2011
Idaho parents need to consider this question before getting wound up about the proposed Education changes: If the Legislature today provides funding for 18.2 students per class but actual class size is MUCH higher, where is that money going and why? Would you be willing to increase the funding formula to something higher while changing the process of how those funds are used to be able to bring the ACTUAL class size down?
Posted by Sen. Marv Hagedorn at 3:28 PM