Using part of a $60,000 appropriation of public money from the Boise City Council, a new website claiming to be an “educational outreach” debuted recently in what can only be seen as a blatant campaign promotion to pass a constitutional amendment.
Dubbed HJR5 Facts the one-sided website has a plethora of facts about airports in Idaho and a paucity of objective information. You be the judge about the “information and educational” aspects of the site and decide whether or not it is an attempt to influence the outcome of a ballot measure–using public funds. The site does not disclose who paid for it, nor does it provide any avenue for contacting any officials behind it.
We make no bones about it: The GUARDIAN opposes the proposed constitutional amendment. We will also pledge to tell you the truth about what passage of the amendment REALLY means to Idaho citizens and not obfuscate the truth behind slick photos and facts which have no bearing on the proposed amendment. The site has pages about firefighting and military–apparently attempting to imply if government is forced to continue to seek citizen approval of airport debt it will somehow impact these areas.
Here are some factual considerations about the HJR5 amendment conveniently omitted or favorably spun by the publicly-financed website.
We think a well rounded “education” is in order and hence offer additional study opportunities and classes at the GUARDIAN.
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