Idaho’s Senators have once again voted AGAINST Idahoans best interests. Senators Mike Crapo and Jim Risch both voted “No” on last night’s Jobs bill that would have put many teachers and first responders back to work.
State Chair of the Idaho Democratic Party Larry Grant said, “Too many Idahoans are either looking for work or trying to get back on their feet, so doing nothing is not a recovery plan. This is the second time in the last few weeks that GOP senators have turned their backs on Idaho’s unemployed. It is time to stop the partisan games and put folks back to work.”
It is estimated that this Jobs bill would have created 6,200 jobs for Idahoans. A decade of studies conducted by retired University of Idaho Professor of Agricultural Economics, Dr. Steve Cooke, suggest that Idaho needs jobs like teachers and first responders. His findings shows that for the last decade we have been losing skilled, technical and professional jobs and replacing them with low-skill jobs that pay even lower wages.
“It is pretty obvious that the Republicans don’t want to do anything to improve the economy before the 2012 elections,” Grant said. “But the only way we are going to help the people of Idaho is if our lawmakers do the job they were elected to and fund education and infrastructure. Idahoans don’t need political games, they need jobs.”