Twin Falls County Democrats
Our central committee meeting is this Thursday at 7:00 pm at the River Rock (near the mall). This week we should have the back room. If you are interested in participating with the local Democratic Party, this is your opportunity. This month, we have had four advertisiments in the Times News entitled Promises Kept. These were to remind people of all the things President Obama has done at the half way point in his first term.
The nullification hearings have continued in Boise. Most Democrats have been very busy spending their time on the Education hearings which have occurred at the same time. Please consider writing a letter to the editor about the Luna plan or nullification. The legislature does have options, they just don't want to exercise them. I have also included a press release based on a BSU survey which resulted in 75% of Idahoans surveyed believe we don't spend enough on education. See Sue Chew's suggestions below and the press release our Democratic caucus released last week. I am also including week 4 legislative wrap up from all Democrats in the state legislature who send out these to their constiuents. If you would like to sign up for their round ups, all their information is included.
Living Liberally-will be March 2 at the Rock Creek Restaurant on Addison at 7:00 pm. Contact LeRoy Hayes at firstname.lastname@example.org for information or go to the living liberally web site and sign up for information about the organization.
There are several activities this week of interest. See below the Herrett Forum on Health Care on Wednesday night and Medicaid Matters Rally on Saturday, February 19.
Last week, I sent you talking points from Sue Chew, Leg District 17, on Education. She has followed that up with some of the proposals for revenue enhancements.
I read a letter to the editor in the Aberdeen Times (over by American Falls) from the Tea Party of South East Idaho. They want to remove the sales tax exemption for farmers. It is interesting to me that proposals put forward by our Democratic candidate for governor available are being taken up by Tea Partiers. Keith Allred didn't suggest farmers only, but did want to examine all the exemptions.
Location Twin Falls City Park from 12:00-12:30 pm
More Info MEDICAID MATTERS IN IDAHO RALLY
OUR VOICES MUST BE HEARD:
Idaho's economic recovery will be hurt by these Medicaid cuts
Idahoans will lose their independence and personal freedoms if these Medicaid services are eliminated
The plan to cut Medicaid is unrealistic and costly
SHOW YOUR SUPPORT- SHARE YOUR STORY
Bring your friends and family AND signs, letters, photos that tell our elected officials why Medicaid matters to you, your family, your business, your church, your neighbors, your Idaho! Come and find out what else you can do to help!
For more information contact Lynn Opdycke 736.7499
From Sue Chew, Leg District 17
These are some of the ideas proposed as revenue options to fund the education shortfall during this economic downturn:
--Temporarily increase sales tax 1 penny for 1-2 years (Can fund our entire state shortfall--H+W, Ed and other agencies!)
--Permanently END the sales tax EXEMPTION on Businesses and Professional Services and, at the same time, end the tax on groceries. (We would pay sales tax on haircuts & attorney fees but not on bread or milk.)
--Temporarily end the grocery tax credit and increase taxes on beer, wine and cigarettes.
--Temporarily increase the income tax for individuals earning more than $50,000 and slightly more for those earning more than $100,000 and $250,000.
--Reverse Jim Risch's property tax to sales tax shift which removed schools from the more stable property tax funding onto greater dependence on the legislature
--NOTE: Taxing sales made on the internet is the right thing to do but it would bring in very little revenue this year to fix the budget situation.
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Rep Sue Chew
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Twin Falls County Democratic Chairwoman
2188 Addison Ave. East
Twin Falls, ID 83301
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