Perhaps because it’s an election year, perhaps because lawmakers are finally getting the message, perhaps because Gov. Butch Otter is a lame duck. I’ve been doing this work for more than two decades and I’ve never seen an Idaho legislative session more disposed toward limited government than the one about to end.
Allow me to count some of the ways this has been a good session. The 2018 Legislature:
That’s a long list, and it more than blunts the negatives associated with this session, including liberty-oriented bills that were denied hearings, the state’s runaway spending and passage of a couple of bills that redistribute wealth. But, I won’t dwell on those today. The fact is, Idahoans have long-wanted a legislative session like the one we just had. And this, my friends, is just the beginning. Should Idahoans elect a governor who actually believes in free markets and limited government—and doesn’t just give lip service to them—and should Idahoans add to the growing ranks of conservative legislators this year, 2019 could prove even better.