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Combating Anti-Semitism

On Monday evening, I had the opportunity to speak at an event with Dr. Anthony Harper, who has spent the last 25 years reporting and fighting against anti-Semitism in Idaho and in America. I'm sure many of you are familiar with his publication, Intermountain Christian News. It is an honor to participate and to support his efforts.

I have long been a vocal opponent of anti-Semitism and I have encouraged the state of Idaho to be more adamant in its support of Israel. Last year, I sent a letter to the Governor inquiring about the implementation of Senate Bill 1086, which passed during the 2021 Legislative Session. This bill prohibits the state of Idaho from contracting with certain parties for goods or services if the party is or will engage in "a boycott of goods or services from Israel or territories under its control." The Department of Administration is taking steps to make sure the state abides by this law.

I also inquired about the investigation into the vandalism of the Anne Frank Memorial in Boise, which was defaced with swastikas in December of 2020. At the time, Boise Police said they were investigating surveillance video from the surrounding area. I have yet to receive an update on this investigation from the Governor's office. Curious, isn't it?

Upcoming Special Session?

Rumors have been swirling that Gov. Little may call a special legislative session to address inflation, possibly through tax cuts or another "one-time tax rebate". If this special session does take place, we should use it as an opportunity to institute permanent tax cuts including eliminating the grocery tax.

The Governor has confirmed that a special session is being discussed, but the discussions (as usual) are happening behind closed doors.

It's rather ironic that even as the Legislature contemplates returning some portion of the record surplus in tax collections the state has accumulated, liberal activists are seeking to impose one of the country's highest income tax rates on Idahoans. This nearly 11% income tax rate would rival those found in California, New York, and Washington D.C.

Many Idahoans may be surprised to find an unprecedented increase in our state income taxes on the ballot this November, but hopefully they will be wise enough to reject this incredibly flawed proposal.

School Board Elections

As we discussed last week, there will be a Trustee Election to elect members of the Boise School Board held on Tuesday, September 6, 2022. Normally, school board trustee elections occur during the November election in odd-numbered years, but the Boise School District prefers to keep its elections low profile and held on an unusual date when most people aren't aware an election is occurring.

Why do you suppose the district continues this practice?

School board trustee elections are very important because these boards have an outsized influence on the culture and taxes in our communities and our state. Please visit this link to see a list of questions which may be used to vet candidates for school board.

Wyoming Primary Election

Like most conservatives, I was pleased to see Harriet Hageman's decisive victory over incumbent U.S. Representative Liz Chaney this week. It is refreshing to see conservative Republicans rejecting out-of-touch elitists who have forgotten who they are supposed to represent. Victories such as Hageman's in Wyoming and Kari Lake's in Arizona reflect a growing resurgence in respect for conservative values and America First principles.

Despite the questionable outcome of the 2020 Presidential Election, the movement to Make America Great Again has only continued to grow. We can look forward to some monumental victories this November.

Sincerely,

Lt. Governor Janice McGeachin
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