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Idaho Democrats introduce jobs program for the state

Idaho Democrats introduce jobs program for the state

Mitch Coffman
January 31, 2012
Mitch Coffman
January 31, 2012

Idaho Democrats have introduced legislation aimed at creating jobs in the Gem State, calling it the iJobs program. The package of legislation was introduced at a press conference on Tuesday. It contains six pieces of legislation that Idaho Democrats say will help the state's struggling job market.

For examples, the program targets improving agriculture processing, establishing an Idaho Partnership Bank (to make more capital available for economic development) and a Buy Idaho First Contract. The Buy Idaho program would allow government agencies to award contracts to Idaho companies even if their bid was up to 5 percent higher than the lowest out-of-state bid.

Along with the six pieces of legislation, a proposed memorial would help to open up faster and more reliable broadband services throughout the state. A recent nationwide report says that Idaho has among the slowest broadband capabilities in the nation.

Rep. Brian Cronin, D-Boise, who conducted the press conference, said it is the government's obligation to help create jobs by establishing "an environment where prosperity is possible."

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