Longtime Republican Lawmaker Throws Support to Allred

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Former State Senator Hal Bunderson, who retired from the Idaho Legislature in 2006 after 14 years, says he's "troubled that Idaho's education systems and economy are in the worst shape they've been for decades." Bunderson, a Republican who served as Chair of the Sen. Government and Taxation Committee, crossed party lines today to formally endorse Keith Allred's candidacy for Idaho Governor.
Allred and Bunderson said "Idaho's poorly funded and unaccounted-for Tax Commission and the $1.7 billion worth of special-interest sales tax exemptions are two hallmarks of (Gov.) Otter's failings as a leader."

Former Sen. Hal Bunderson as Gubernatorial hopeful Allred looks on.
  • Former Sen. Hal Bunderson as Gubernatorial hopeful Allred looks on.

At today's announcement, Allred called for regular, independent audits that specifically examine whether those with political connections get more favorable treatment; a fully staffed Tax Commission; and removal of special tax exemptions that in his words, "don't make sense in order to cut overall tax rates."
Democrat Gubernatorial Candidate Keith Allred, as Bunderson Looks On
  • Democrat Gubernatorial Candidate Keith Allred, as Bunderson looks on.

Meanwhile, in the most recent campaign finance reports from May 10 through June 4, Allred reports raising $118,861 and spending $58,917, leaving his campaign with $189,995 cash on hand. For the same period, Otter raised $95,969 and spent $135,573 and had cash on hand of $161,532.

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