We offer a round up today of some topics of conversation, bearing in mind the legislative crazy season will soon be upon us. That means the legacy media will do their “one stop shopping” at the Statehouse instead of Bronco Stadium.
–The G-BAD boys will get a report from a consultant on Monday saying it’s a bad idea to demolish the Qwest Arena downtown and build an expanded convention center. They could have read the GUARDIAN comments from readers and saved the cost of the consultant. Check the details in the STATESMAN.
–Reporter Jay Patrick at the IDAHO REPORTER spent some time exploring the issues of the Idaho Land Board competing with the private sector. Patrick’s story is a bit long, left out the tax revenue losses to Boise and Ada County, but it is still worth a read and well done.
The GUARDIAN broke the story of the state owning and operating Affordable Storage on Maple Grove. The revelation touched off a flurry of responses from private businesses as well as legislators who question the practice of government owned business. No doubt it will be address in the upcoming session.
–Urban renewal will probably be on the chopping block this session. The foes–led by a group of Canyon County activists–have put together some proposed legislation predicated upon allowing the public to vote on debt and creation of urban renewal districts. Renewal Districts in Idaho answer to no one–not the public or any elected body. They get property taxes diverted for their unsupervised expenditure and the Canyon group is hot to get that fixed.
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