As week two of the Idaho legislative session wrapped up, several state and congressional lawmakers took to the Internet Friday to comment. Here's a brief summary of what some have said recently.
Boise Democratic Rep. Branden Durst, on his blog:
"(Health and Welfare) always has a ton of rules and this year was no exception. We are still knee-deep in them and I suspect at least a week or two away from completion. Some of the rules can be controversial because they are where actual cuts to safety net programs exist. I have been pushing back against the notion that the budgets need to be cut as much as proposed. My rationale is two fold: 1) Safety net programs are being demanded by Idahoans at rates that have never been seen and 2) Many of the cuts will actually result in higher costs to the state in the long term."
Caldwell Republican Sen. John McGee, on Twitter:
"State financial numbers are even worse than originally forecast. Raising taxes, as recommended by several Democrats, is unacceptable!"
Boise Democratic Sen. Nicole LeFavour, on her blog:
"With this seemingly blind frenzy to dismantle state government, who is figuring out where that line of diminishing returns is going to be? How long will it take and how much will it cost us, our kids, our economy, and our state to undo the damage that will be done if Republican leaders' only answers are to lead by severing limbs and cutting it all to the bone."
Republican 2nd District U.S. Rep. Mike Simpson, on his website:
"While the media has focused on the Democrats’ healthcare bill as the biggest issue in the Massachusetts election, I think the real message voters sent is a rejection of the status quo. To be clear, the American people disapprove of the healthcare bill, but they also disapprove of a Congress that is out of touch with Main Street and focused too much on who wins and who loses."
Democratic 1st District U.S. Rep. Walt Minnick, on his website, in response to Simpson:
"As Congressman Simpson wrote, no party has all the answers. Instead, the answers rest within a new approach, one where all members of Congress can work together in the kind of common-sense, bipartisan way that I have been fortunate to develop with my friend and colleague from Idaho."
Republican U.S. Senator Mike Crapo, on his website:
"Since the Victims of Crime Act was established in 1984, more than $12 billion offender-generated, non-taxpayer funds have been deposited into the Crime Victims Fund, solely to help victims of crime... We must continue to protect this critical resource for crime victims."