Feb 23 2013
TUITION EQUITY The Oregon House on Friday cast what probably was the key vote on “tuition equity” – allowing in-state college tuition rates to students who aren’t in Oregon legally but have lived there for a long time and meet certain standards. Similar measures have failed in the House before, though they have passed the Senate (where this one goes next, and is expected to clear). All House Democrats voted in favor; a scattering of House Republicans did too, but most of the Republican caucus (including most from the Willamette Valley) voted against. It was called a bipartisan issue, but … not really.
ANTI-TAX AGENCY It’s not often Idaho legislators give a better review to a federal agency than to its state counterpart, but a bunch of senators did on Friday, during a floor discussion of tax auditing. The Internal Revenue Service, so often disparaged among Idaho elected officials, was described as relatively decent compared to the state Tax Commission employees. Senator Monty Pearce: “We have that image with the surrounding states. They know that’s how we are. There’s just a mentality – we’re going to collect money, come hell or high water.” But not just Republicans took that stance; it was heard across the aisle as well. Tax officials took exception.
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