Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Students Come First Prop 2 (Pay for Performance) was agreed to by the Unions in 2010 for a "Race to the Top" federal grant (starting at the bottom of pg 71). Why are the Unions spending so much money to overturn it now? Something's not passing the "smell test"....

The Wyakin Warrior Foundation has been selected as Business of the Week! We will interview on 670 KBOI Monday morning at 7:35 am, join us!

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Had a good meeting in the City of Star last night about Props 1,2 & 3. If you are confused on how to vote, look at the website that includes all the information about the laws and data about school districts that was created by the laws the Unions want to overturn. SB-1108 (Prop 1), SB-1110 (Prop 2) and SB1184 (Prop 3) are now Idaho law and this site reflects exactly what we passed after 3 full months of rewrites and hearings, you elected us to represent you in the Legislature and the majority of us approved the final versions. Please do your homework before casting your vote:

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Prop 3 on the Idaho Ballot is the one that provides the guidance for a long term goal of a 1 to 1 ratio of computing devices in our k-12 classrooms AND also provides authority for college concurrent classes to our high school students. I've heard discussions about the computing services at a cost of ~$300/student at full roll out to be "too high". Considering that we now pay ~$13m/year for books (and are never caught up) and a huge amount for current computer labs where we have to purchase the equipment, software licenses and the maint. services, this will be a bargain! It's been recognized by the School Districts and is why 85% of the High Schools in Idaho have already signed up to get them the first year of deployment! I witnessed a concurrent Phyc 101 class going on at the College of Southern Idaho and there were High School kids from all parts of the state virtually "sitting in" that college course having the same interaction as students actually there. Imagine the savings to the parents and the motivation for our kids to go-on to college after graduation if they already have some credits under their belts? People, these laws have been on the books almost 2 years now and positive things are happening today for the students in our schools. Please support them by voting YES to all three school propositions (1, 2 and 3)!

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Between campaigning, I've been brushing up on Idaho's Fiscal Facts for 2012. It's a great ref put together by our talented LSO Budget & Policy Analysis staff. The most recent publication is on the web at the attached link. Clearly shows where tax revenue comes from and how it's allocated!

Friday, October 26, 2012

The word getting around the nation about the Wyakin Warrior Black Tie ball Dec 1, will be a huge event!

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Interesting meeting House Leader Cantor along with Congressman Labrador this evening, both so focused on the economy and jobs, as it should be! Glad someone's working on it...

Monday, October 22, 2012

Someone had to say it... and it's a powerful truth!

Would you take 2 min and write a quick letter to the editor on my behalf?

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Well done to Leadership Boise for the Legislative lunch today! Also to Mountain View HS for the video production of upcoming Celebrate Meridian where we "taped" John Burns, the Mayor and I discussing Idaho's veteran services, the Rock of Honor and the Wyakin Warrior Foundation...

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Anyone else notice POTUS brings up the 47% comment in the final 2 min where no rebuttal would be allowed?

City of Start Lions had a great fundraiser for their foodbank this evening, great job to those staying involved in their community!

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Humbled by all that have donated to my Senate campaign, from $1 to $500, thanks for your help!

Friday, October 12, 2012

Campaigns cost money, I need your help to continue in the Idaho Legislature. Would you consider a small donation?

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

It's outside the box thinking like this that makes our Commerce Chief so successful in bringing business to Idaho!

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Ran into Ben Stein today at the Capital, has a place in Sandpoint ID. He was as excited to be touring the capital as I was to meet him! Beuller?

The Division of Financial Management reports General Fund revenue collections through the month of September were $3.4 million more than expected from the revised forecast. Health and Welfare reverted $1.8 million to the General Fund from the Cooperative Welfare Fund. Additionally, Health and Welfare carried over $38.6 million from FY 2012 which will be spent in FY 2013. After accounting for the amount the Legislature must reimburse deficiency accounts for fires, pests, and hazardous material incidents that occurred last year (line 15), the estimated ending balance for FY 2013 is $40.4 million. This is $36.0 million more than expected at Sine Die 2012. One major caveat to the projected ending balance, there are $18.3 million in General Fund supplemental requests which will be studied once the Legislature convenes in January.

Individual income withholdings and filings were the best performers in the month of September, they were up $13.5 million from last year at this point. There was also strong growth in sales taxes, which were up $6.2 million from last year. Product taxes grew $0.3 million, but corporate income taxes and miscellaneous revenues were down $0.1 million and $0.6 million, respectively. Revenues were up a total of $19.3 million from last September and cumulatively they are up $36.3 million or 1.4% for the year. With three quarters of the year remaining, revenues will only have to grow at the DFM forecasted pace to hit its mark of 3.2% growth.

Increased income withholdings and an increase in sales tax indicates more people are working, making money and spending it... great news for Idaho's economy, but a couple months of good news does not yet make a trend...

Please see the attached document or for more information, visit our website under the heading"General Fund Budget Monitor”:

Monday, October 8, 2012

Successful large org leadership & management encourages and requires good communications and collaboration between departments. POTUS has held 2 Cabinet meetings this year... is it a wonder Homeland Security, Sec. State, AG, Commerce and other departments are running amuck? History teaches us that during times of a lack of leadership, unqualified people can/will step up to fill that vacuum with unexpected or planned outcomes.

Sunday, October 7, 2012

A very well written opinion on Idaho's Students Come 1st Prop 1 from the ID School Boards Assoc. YES for Local Control!

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Idaho ranked as "Most improved State for Business" rank moved from 31 to 13! But, we still have work to do...

Chandlers tonight with my Sweetie for our anniversary... great steaks and company. I'm a lucky man...

Monday, October 1, 2012

Thanks to the NRA for their endorsement with a grade of "A" for my support of 2nd Amendment rights!