Things have been pretty slow at the GUARDIAN of late. Spring break plays a big part to be sure, but we think citizens are fed up with the legislature-governor bickering, cities and counties adversary relationship with citizens, and the never ending presidential race.
We took a trip to the Everglades where we made this neat shot of an alligator, but it reminded us so much of the local politicos it nearly ruined our Spring Break!
That constitutional amendment to make it easier for local governments to sell bonds, go into business, build pet projects, eliminate financial oversight–all at the expense of the voters–has passed the senate.
No hearings have been set in the Idaho House, but it could get pushed through in the final hours due to pressure from the cities, counties, and hospitals. It still has to pass approval of at least half the voters state wide.
It is a rotten system that allows local governments to use taxpayer dollars to fund lobbyists and their efforts to deprive us of existing constitutional rights. These people have violated the constitution for years and when the Supremes ruled in favor of the citizens, these associations now seek to change the constitution. FYI, there is no mechanism in the Idaho constitution or statutes that allows any citizen referendum to change the constitution–only the legislature has that power.
Meanwhile, Nampa, Twin Falls, and Rexburg all have multimillion dollar schemes underway to get around the requirement of asking voters for permission to go into long term debt.
Nampa aims to call a proposed police building an “urban renewal project.” In Rexburg the local politicos are going for a $6 million swimming pool without voter approval–voters have already said “no” once. In Twin the politicos are going ahead with plans to build a $4 million public works building and pay “lease payments” for 20 years, more than doubling the cost to citizens.
Perhaps the tulips will bloom, the fish will bite and the politicos will go home and leave us alone.
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