Author: Ron Nate

Nate: Toward a Legislature Working for the People

Several representatives have seen the legislative process shut down good legislation (without a vote), stall out on important work needing to be done, and ignore the calls of citizens to end the burdensome emergency and health orders. These representatives are using procedural motions to draw attention to growing frustrations from citizens, and I support their…

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Nate: A Bill to Protect Idaho Investments (HB.7)

The Sound Money Reserves Act (HB.7) allows Idaho’s State Treasurer to invest some of Idaho’s idle reserves in physical gold and silver quantities. The recent explosion in U.S. government spending and Federal Reserve money printing in response to the Covid-19 pandemic has sparked a renewed focus on the critical role gold and silver can play in…

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Nate: Tax Cuts Being Held on Aisle Four 

When you hit the neighborhood grocery store for your weekly shopping trip for eggs, milk, bread, fruits, and other staples, you pay the cost of the groceries plus an additional 6% for the state sales tax going to the state general fund.  The grocery tax brings in about $246 million for the state budget. You…

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Nate: Taxpayers Should Not Pay for Marxist Agendas at Our Universities

Last Friday, in our JFAC committee hearing, I asked Boise State University President, Marlene Tromp, the following question about programming and the budget for BSU. Thank you, President Tromp for your presentation. Last year in the budgeting process this area of the budget, Higher Education, was particularly contentious.  Not much has changed.  Many Idahoans and…

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Dr. Ron Nate: Our Divine Constitution and Our Personal Responsibility

Dr. Ron Nate, a Senior Fellow at the Madison Liberty Institute, explains the significance of September 17th and the Constitution. Ron NateRon is a professor of economics at BYU-Idaho and an Idaho state representative (LD.34). He specializes in applied microeconomics, public economics, quantitative methods, the economics of education, poverty economics, and public choice. He has…

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Understanding the Cost of Bonds

What Will it Really Cost?  A Fair Question. When taxpayers are asked to vote on a $70 million school bond they deserve accurate facts and honest disclosures about costs from their school board.  I’m aware of the local discussion about the cost to taxpayers regarding the August 27 Lakeland School Bond.  I was the sponsor of HB…

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We Maintain the Declaration

Today, we celebrate Independence Day.  While we have our BBQs, parades, fireworks, and other traditions and celebrations, it’s important we remember and teach what the celebrations are truly about.  Exactly 243 years ago, 56 brave representatives of the 13 colonies signed the Declaration of Independence, affixing their signatures just below the following sentence, “…And for…

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2019 Legislative Review: Good and Bad

Bad News Outweighs Good in Idaho’s 2019 Legislative Session For Idahoans who value smaller government, individual freedom, religious liberty, strong families, and honoring the Constitution, the 2019 Idaho legislature will leave them wanting. There were a few bright spots but, by and large, the Idaho legislature was out of touch with Idaho’s values. Let’s start…

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No Eater Left Behind

What if we bought groceries the same way we “buy” public education? Each community would have a local grocery district and families would be assigned their local grocery “stores.” Many would mistakenly think the food is free because there would be no charge at the public grocer for what you consume. It would all be…

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Idaho Second Amendment Update

Dr. Ron Nate, senior fellow with the Madison Liberty Institute, interviews Greg Pruett, President of the Idaho Second Amendment Alliance about the organization and 2nd amendment issues in Idaho. Ron NateRon is a professor of economics at BYU-Idaho and an Idaho state representative (LD.34). He specializes in applied microeconomics, public economics, quantitative methods, the economics…

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