Wednesday, March 29, 2006

What have you done for me lately?

Shea Anderson of the Boise Weekly has put together a good summary of what the Idaho Legislature has done for the average Idahoan during this session. An excerpt:
So, off go the Six-Packs to their charming but spendy Boise home to drown their sorrows, and possibly put off their tax filings, because the pain of property taxes is so dear. They wonder if all the media hype about property taxes might make the Legislature take action in this final week. But they know the likelihood of that is about the same as that of Joe's ability to hold his breath for an entire Senate committee hearing. The matter of taxes has tied up the Senate so severely, that they are now considering an interim commission to study the matter they are now studying. This makes Joe's head hurt.

To bed with the Six-Packs, then, because Joehas to get up early and continue earning $5.15 per hour at his lame job that, he laments, will nevercover his property taxes or his once-monthly sojourn to The Flicks.

While he flips burgers, Joe will think wistfully of a brief scuffle on the House floor last week that lifted his pedestrian spirits, if only briefly. Jaquet and the rest of the Democrats, inflicted a little procedural whoop-ass on the House, something Joe rarely sees. Jaquet's parliamentary snit forced House leaders to take a look, however fleeting, at a Democratic bill that would have raised Idaho's low minimum wage to $6.15 an hour, which, Joe thinks, could have helped him keep the Ada County property tax assessors at bay.
Hmm. There's got to be a better way, hasn't there?

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