As the 2014 legislative session winds down, I want to share some of the issues we dealt with this year. The length of the session was 74 days. That will make it one of the shortest sessions of my five terms over the last 10 years. It was my pleasure to serve and represent you on the Education, Transportation and Agricultural Committees.
The economy continues to grow gradually and our optimism for Idaho’s future grows as well. This has allowed the legislature to restore funding in some areas where cuts were made to accommodate lower revenues during the recession, while not losing sight of the efficiencies found during tough times. This year the state budget is just over $2.9 billion, which is about a 5% increase in spending over last year. Included in that is a 5% increase in spending for K- 12 and just over 6% increase for higher education. It also included a 2% increase in pay for state employees who have not had a pay raise in several years. Of that pay 1% is permanent and 1% is a one-time bonus.
Here are a few additional issues that arose during this session... Read more »
The following article was originally published in The Coeur d'Alene Press on March 1, 2016, by Brian Walker, Staff Writer. It has been republished here with express permission from The Coeur d'Alene Press.
POST FALLS — Proponents of a future state veterans home in Post Falls are marching forward in their quest to secure funding for the facility.
Sen. Bob Nonini, R-Coeur d'Alene, said it may be about seven years before the facility is built, unless an appropriations bill before Congress … Read more
I am pleased that the STEM Action Center has passed both Chambers - this will be a terrific asset and tool for the students of Idaho.
The following article was originally published in The Coeur d'Alene Press on May 4, 2014, by Brian Walker. It has been republished here with express permission from The Coeur d'Alene Press.
Many spokes have formed around Idaho's STEM education in recent years, and a hub for those spokes is coming through the Idaho Legislature.
The Joint … Read more
I completed all Candidate Surveys so that the voters will know where I stand on issues. You will see that my opponent refused to complete the surveys.
Idaho Education News: http://www.idahoednews.org/news/primary-candidates-answer-our-education-questions/
Idaho Republican Party: http://idgop.org/2014-platform-survey/
Northwest Property Owners Association: http://www.nwpoa.org/candidateratings.html
Idaho Voters Guide: http://www.idahovoterguide.org/district-3/
Idaho Coalition of … Read more
I support more STEM Education - Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. In 2023, there will be 2.6 million new jobs created in this country requiring a STEM Education background.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a3TbfMfd3TM … Read more