The Blue Review- September Edition

Celebrating Democrats

Boise County DemocratsLike many counties, Boise County has participated in the “Adopt-A-Highway’ program offered by IDT. Recently they gathered and spent time cleaning up their stretch of the highway together. They have 2 stretches to cleanup – 1 stretch on Highway 21 in Idaho City, and 1 stretch on Highway 17 (Banks to Lowman Rd).

This is a great way to spread the Democratic name and values. Democrats are willing to put in the time and energy to take care of their community!

A big thanks to Boise County Democrats for finding creative ways to make their presence known.

 

Adopt-A-Highway |

American Jobs Act

American Jobs ActThe President’s Plan for Economic Growth and Deficit Reduction lives up to a simple idea: as a Nation, we can live within our means while still making the investments we need to prosper – from a jobs bill that is needed right now to long-term investments in education, innovation, and infrastructure. It follows a balanced approach: asking everyone to do their part, so no one has to bear all the burden. And it says that everyone – including millionaires and billionaires – has to pay their fair share. Overall, it pays for the President’s jobs bill and produces net savings of more than $3 trillion over the next decade, on top of the roughly $1 trillion in spending cuts that the President already signed into law in the Budget Control Act – for a total savings of more than $4 trillion over the next decade. This would bring the country to a place, by 2017, where current spending is no longer adding to our debt, debt is falling as a share of the economy, and deficits are at a sustainable level.
THE AMERICAN JOBS ACT: PAYING FOR OUR INVESTMENTS AND REDUCING THE DEFICIT

The plan produces approximately $4.4 trillion in deficit reduction net the cost of the American Jobs Act.

$1.2 trillion from the discretionary cuts enacted in the Budget Control Act.

$580 billion in cuts and reforms to a wide range of mandatory programs;

$1.1 trillion from the drawdown of troops in Afghanistan and transition from a military to a civilian-led mission in Iraq

$1.5 trillion from tax reform

$430 billion in additional interest savings

To spur economic growth and job creation, the plan includes one-time investment and relief in the American Jobs Act. That adds to the deficit in 2012 but is fully paid for over 10 years, and deficit reduction phases in starting in 2013, as the economy grows stronger.

Deficit reduction is achieved in a balanced approach, with a spending cut to revenue ratio for the entire plan (including discretionary cuts) of 2 to 1.

Deficits and Debt

Tax cuts to help businesses hire and grow

Cutting the payroll tax in half on the first $5 million in payroll, targeting the benefit to the 98 percent of firms with payroll below this threshold.

A complete payroll tax holiday for added workers or increased wages up to $50 million

Extending 100 percent expensing into 2012

Reforms and regulatory reductions to help entrepreneurs and small businesses access capital

Putting workers back on the job while rebuilding and modernizing America

A “Returning Heroes” hiring tax credit for veterans

Preventing up to 280,000 teacher layoffs, while keeping cops and firefighters on the job

Immediate investments in infrastructure, school buildings, and neighborhoods as well as a bipartisan National Infrastructure Bank

Pathways back to work for Americans looking for jobs

The most innovative reform to the unemployment insurance program in 40 years and extension of emergency unemployment insurance preventing 6 million Americans looking for work from losing benefits

A $4,000 tax credit to employers for hiring the long-term unemployed

Prohibiting employers from discriminating against unemployed workers when hiring

Expanding job opportunities for low-income youth and adults

Tax relief for every American worker and family

Cutting payroll taxes in half for 160 million workers next year

Allowing more Americans to refinance their mortgages

Fully paid for as part of the President’s long-term deficit reduction plan

The Joint Committee plan significantly reduces deficits and puts the country on a fiscally sustainable path by 2017.

The deficit is projected to fall to 2.3 percent of GDP in 2021. By comparison, if we did nothing, the deficit would be 5.5 percent of GDP in 2021.

Reaches “primary balance”— where our current spending is no longer adding to our debt — in 2017. At that point, current spending is no longer adding to our debt, debt is falling as a share of the economy, and deficits are at a sustainable level.

The President’s plan would reduce the national debt as a share of economy

Stable or falling debt as a share of the economy is a key metric of fiscal sustainability.

If we did nothing, the national debt would rise to 90.7 percent of GDP in 2021. By contrast, under the President’s plan, the national debt would fall to 73.0 percent of GDP in 2021 — or an improvement of almost 18 percentage points.

Health Savings

The plan includes $320 billion in health savings that build on the Affordable Care Act to strengthen Medicare and Medicaid by reducing wasteful spending and erroneous payments, and supporting reforms that boost the quality of care. It accomplishes this in a way that does not shift significant risks onto the individuals they serve; slash benefits; or undermine the fundamental compact they represent to our Nation’s seniors, people with disabilities, and low-income families.

The plan includes $248 billion in savings from Medicare.

Within this total, 90 percent of the savings, or $224 billion, comes from reducing overpayments in Medicare.

Any savings that affect beneficiaries do not begin until 2017.

The plan does not propose to change the eligibility age for Medicare benefits.

Other health and Medicaid savings amount to $72 billion.

Because of the structural nature of these reforms, health savings grow to over $1 trillion in the second decade.

The President will veto any bill that takes one dime from the Medicare benefits seniors rely on without asking the wealthiest Americans and biggest corporations to pay their fair share.

Other Mandatory

  • The plan includes $250 billion in savings from other mandatory programs.
  • Included within these savings are:
  • $33 billion in savings from agriculture subsidies, payments, and programs
  • $42.5 billion in reforms to Federal employee benefit programs, including programs for civilian employees and military personnel.
  • $4.1 billion from the disposal of unused government assets.
  • $92.2 billion from restructuring government operations and reducing government liabilities.
  • $77.6 billion from improving Federal program management and reducing waste and abuse.

Revenues

The President calls on the Committee to undertake comprehensive tax reform, and lays out five principles for it to follow: 1) lower tax rates; 2) cut wasteful loopholes and tax breaks; 3) reduce the deficit by $1.5 trillion; 4) boost job creation and growth; and 5) comport with the “Buffett Rule” that people making more than $1 million a year should not pay a smaller share of their income in taxes than middle-class families pay.

Tax reform should draw on the specific proposals the President has put forward, together with elimination of additional inefficient tax breaks. If the Joint Committee is unable to undertake comprehensive tax reform, the President believes the discrete measures he has proposed should be enacted on a standalone basis. Their enactment as a standalone package still would significantly improve the country’s fiscal standing, represent an important step toward more fundamentally transforming our tax code, and serve as a strong foundation for economic growth and job creation.

To advance this debate, the President is offering a detailed set of specific tax loophole closers and measures to broaden the tax base that, together with the expiration of the high-income tax cuts, would be more than sufficient to hit the $1.5 trillion target. These include:

  • Allowing the 2001 and 2003 tax cuts for upper income earners to expire ($866 billion)
  • Limiting deductions and exclusions for those making more than $250,000 a year ($410 billion)
  • Closing loopholes and eliminating special interest tax breaks (approximately $300 billion)

Idaho Young Democrats

Idaho Young DemocratsMy fellow Democrats,

The Idaho Young Democrats is looking to increase membership and activism within our organization. As Democratic leaders in our state, we are hoping that you may be willing to provide us with contact information of Democrats in Idaho under the age of 36. One of the largest demographics of those who support the Democratic Party is young people. According to the Pew Research Center, 66% of people under the age of 30 voted for President Obama. Unfortunately, voter turn-out among young people dropped from around 50% in 2008 to around 20% in 2010. The IDYD firmly believes that the development of our organization will result in higher voter turn-out among the youth and will essentially lead to more Democratic representation on both the state and local levels. If there are any high school students, college students, post-college individuals or any person under the age of 36 who you think might be interested in our organization, please help us get connected with them.

For those of you who are not aware, we chartered ourselves with the Young Democrats of America this summer in Louisville and are ready to get to work! We are doing everything in our ability to reach out to young voters across the state of Idaho. We have recently created seven caucuses (College, High School, LGBTQ, Women’s, Hispanic, Education, Environmental) within our organization with spectacular individuals leading each of them. We are still in the process of creating three more caucuses (Veteran’s and Military Affairs, Native American and Labor). We believe the creation of these caucuses will allow us to attract new members, create future leaders and focus on issues that we as Democrats, care about most. We have targeted a number of colleges across our state and are looking to expand Democratic organizations on those campuses. We are also looking to expand campus organizations into high schools all across Idaho.

We are very thankful for the support of the Idaho Democratic Party, the Idaho Democratic Women’s Caucus, the Idaho AFL-CIO, various county organizations and many wonderful individuals who have helped us in developing the IDYD. We hope to continue and expand our relationships with these remarkable organizations and people who have supported us in the past, but also work with others to create new alliances.

Please feel free to send my contact information on to anyone you know who might be willing to join us in our fight to spread the values of the Democratic Party.
Thank you,

Dean Lent
President, Idaho Young Democrats
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Redistricting Part Deux

Thank you to our former Redistricting Commissioners for all of their work. Their energy, diligence, and fortitude is to be applauded.The former commission members were able to forge a plan in the last week that provides the new commission a wonderful platform to begin their work from.

Our new commissioners will utlilize and build on the ground work from the previous 90 day commission but are also doing things a bit differently. They will meet in a smaller, more casual room on the 4th floor of the statehouse that is more conducive to face to face conversations. As a result the meetings will be an audio only feed. Another change is their plan interact in pairs or trios to emphasize relationships. These changes along with the groundwork laid should enable them to be finished long before their December deadline.
Just as before, your input is vital. We hope our activists will continue to play a role in pushing to prioritize the constinutional statute of keeping counties and communities of interest whole. You will be able to listen to all hearings at IPT Leg Live.

You will also have the opportunity to testify in person on:

  • Oct. 5, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Idaho Falls City Hall, 680 Park Avenue.
  • Oct. 6, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Coeur d’Alene City Hall, 710 E. Mullan.
  • Oct. 7, Idaho State Capitol Auditorium, TBA
  • A fourth hearing is planned for Oct. 19, to be conducted virtually over the Idaho Education Network, with video locations around the state. Details will be provided later.

 

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RSVP to hear Rep. Ellie Boldman-Hill

Representative Boldman-HillWe hope you are planning on attending our FALL CENTRAL COMMITTEE!
To help us plan for meals and refreshments, please  RSVP by Tuesday, October 25th.  If cost is a factor in your attendance, please contact Shelley at 208/336-1815 or .

To purchase your tickets online

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Tele Townhall Join our D.E.M. Club

Tele Town-hall

September 27th the IDP held our first ever tele town hall meeting. State Chairman Larry Grant, Minority Leader John Rusche, and Executive Director Shelley Landry spoke with over 5,600 Idahoans regarding the Idaho Democratic Party’s strategic plan. We also left over 9000 messages. If you or someone you know joined us for the call we would appreciate feedback. Please email with any thoughts, questions, or comments.

 

Join the D.E.M. Club today! D.E.M. club members (Donate Every Month) are the backbone of Idaho Democrats! Decide today to contribute a small amount every month ($5- $100). Join today, help us reach our goal of 75 new members this Fall

 

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