"These projections are the economic manifestation of a state whose public policies put tax cuts and “shrinking government” ahead of providing essential public services – education, health care, and yes, reasonable wages for public employees"GOP leaders will try to avoid responsibility by blaming it on the recession, but that is no excuse. It was GOP leadership in 2006 (Then governor Jim Risch, current senator also up for reelection) switched the tax base that funded education from property to sales tax. Property tax is a very stable revenue source that does not rise or fall quickly. Sales tax on the other hand is prone to boom and bust cycles.
Fortunately for us this election does not have to be just a protest vote to "throw the bums out". There is a competent candidate waiting to lead Idaho back to her destined glory. At this critical time Idaho needs both real leadership and investment to create the conditions that high paying jobs require. A qualified work force, good business environment, good brand image, and quality infrastructure are all key components. AJ Balukoff is the man to begin the process of restoration for Idaho. Due to the magnitude of the mistakes already made this will be a long process that one person or one term will not fix. But if we don't start today tomorrow might be too hard to fix.