BOISE, Idaho- Democratic gubernatorial candidate A.J. Balukoff released a statement on Tax Day, calling for a higher standard of fiscal responsibility in state government, saying, “I saw Tax Day as symbolic of my professional responsibility to my many clients to make sure I did my job well, so that they were meeting their legal responsibility to the governments of Idaho and the United States. Unfortunately, for years, Gov. Otter and our Legislature have not held themselves to that same high standard of fiscal responsibility.”
“Past Idaho governors have insisted that, before they would sign a bill into law, it contain a realistic and complete fiscal note,” Balukoff wrote. “Gov. Otter has made it standard policy to either not require a fiscal note on bills, or to sign bills that contain utterly unrealistic fiscal notes.”
A fiscal note is the section of a bill that detailing what it would cost the state of Idaho and local governments. Balukoff specifically cited the Reimbursement Incentive Act (HB 546), passed by the Legislature earlier this year, containing a fiscal note that projects net revenue of $7 million to Idaho in fiscal 2015, “a number pulled from thin air in the House Revenue and Taxation Committee after the committee discussed the original projected fiscal impact of a $3 million cost to the state.”
Balukoff also referenced Senate Bill 1254 – the Guns on Campus Bill, which lawmakers claimed would have virtually no cost to state or local governments. “Idaho’s university presidents declared the new law will require them to spend millions of taxpayer dollars on increasing campus security and other measures necessitated by this unnecessary law.”
Balukoff’s full statement on fiscal responsibility can be found here: http://www.ajforidaho.com/campaign-news/balukoff-calls-for-more-fiscal-responsibility-in-state-government.