Idaho lawmakers closed up the 2011 legislative session Thursday by sending a flurry of new bills to Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter. United Vision for Idaho had some some paperwork for Otter Thursday: a 140-page petition protesting much of the legislation.
"We're gutting Medicare. We're gutting education," said Adrienne Evans, UVI's executive director. "We're taking everything out of the hands of people who have helped build Idaho and that can't continue."
Evans and her colleagues presented a petition with 2,350 signatures and comments, including:
In reaction to the petition, Otter spokesman Jon Hanian told Citydesk that "if it is warranted, we will respond once we've had a chance to review it.
"While we are sympathetic to the concerns that they've raised, we also have to be mindful of the fact that raising taxes in this economic climate is not wise and it's also, the truth is, not very realistic," said Hanian.