Currently, 36% of our state budget is funded with federal dollars… that come with “strings attached”. We have become a subsidiary of the federal government, a funding source that is both broke and broken. Our state’s dependence on a Washington, D.C. that can’t get anything done is preventing us from controlling our economic future.
We need to strategically, gradually, wean budget dependence from Washington, DC and replace it with our own local economic growth revenue. I will take steps to identify programs supported with federal dollars, steering policy toward the rejection of grants that make us reliant on ineffective or unwanted mandates. Idaho deserves new leadership that will require the federal government work with Idaho, while allowing Idahoans to identify alternative solutions at lower costs to Idaho’s taxpayers.