to the editor from this week's Chronicle:
Governor Otter recently signed an executive order calling for Idaho
state agencies to identify and account for the federal funds they receive.
A good idea, but why now? The Idaho Constitution requires a balanced budget
but Idaho gets 36% of its revenue from DC and 40% of THAT money IS borrowed,
sending Idaho taxpayers further into debt. Over the last 10 years Idaho's
dependence on the Federal dollars has INCREASED by 82%. So why is the Governor
just now paying attention to this critical financial vulnerability? Is
it because he has been busy with other things like embracing Obamacare,
or drafting Common Core standards, or meeting Governor Christie to discuss
The answer is simple. Idaho's dangerous dependence on Federal dollars
is now an issue because Senator Russ Fulcher, candidate for Governor, has
made it an issue. I have talked to Russ about this on several occasions
over the last year. I know, first hand, that Russ Fulcher's experience
in the private sector has given him the insight to know what career politicians
often don't get. He understands that things can change quickly and in a
bad direction. Russ Fulcher "gets it." Russ Fulcher clearly foresees
the risk to our fiscal stability and has already taken steps to reduce
it. The first step is educating people, including Governor Otter.
We live in uncertain and dangerous times. We need leaders with vision
and the confidence to be proactive, not just reactive; to guard and prepare.
We need GOVERNOR Russ Fulcher.
Rachel M. Spencer
As Chair of the Mitch Toryanski for Idaho Campaign, I’d like to express
my sincere desire that Republicans elect Mitch as our party’s nominee for
Secretary of State this May. He is by far the best-qualified candidate
in the race.
Mitch’s life experience compares closely to my husband Pete who was
Idaho’s Secretary of State for 35 years. Mitch is a West Point Graduate
and served our Nation as a military officer for over three decades. Mitch
worked as Deputy Attorney General and counselor to the Secretary of State
where he became an expert in election law and ethics in government. Mitch
was a legislator with a conservative voting record. Finally, Mitch worked
in the private sector to include running his own small business.
Pete always felt that serving on the Land Board was one of the most
important aspects of his job. As an experienced attorney, Mitch is well-equipped
to protect the public’s right to use state lands and make good investment
Mitch’s integrity, demonstrated leadership, and experience make him
the right person to continue Pete’s legacy of trust and faithful service.
Truth. Trust. Toryanski.
Rep. McMillan gains support from House Leadership
I am honored to have the support of the House Leadership for my reelection
campaign. To have Reps. Moyle, Crane and Vander Woude supporting my reelection
is amazing. All of these Reps. are conservative leaders in the House. Rep.
Moyle said “Shannon is a fighter for Northern Idaho; please send her back
to fight for you.” Rep. McMillan said “I have always fought to keep our
way of life, and the government off our backs. I want to continue the fight
for our State Sovereignty, and our rights.”
During this session we have had several bills that we have voted on,
but none that I was
watching more than HB 473 seeking to nullify the EPA in the State of
Idaho. I was hoping to get it passed and signed into law but HB 473 was
sent to an interim committee for further study.
Rep. Brent Crane said “We need Rep. McMillan back to help us fight
the federal government; the assault on our rights is unprecedented.”
As you're well aware, the last few years have been a challenge economically.
That being said, I'm happy to say that we've tightened our belts and balanced
our State Budget. Rep. John Vanderwoude said “Shannon is a fiscally conservative
legislator.” I have fought to keep State government in check, and making
sure we are living within our means, unlike the Federal Government, which
is running up huge deficits.
I want to say thank you to the citizens of District 7 for allowing
me to serve you in the Idaho
Legislature. It has been a true pleasure and honor serving your interests
in the Capitol. When I ran for the legislature I told you that “I would
put people first” That is a promise that I have kept.
As the campaign season kicks into high gear, I look forward to touching
base with old friends and making new ones. I've met literally thousands
of residents in our district and have worked
hard to be your voice in the Capitol. Your support means everything
to me. Please feel free to contact me at any time.
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