Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Pence brings experience

I am writing for the re-election of Rep. Donna Pence to the Legislature. Rep. Pence has faithfully served the people of legislative District 25 for eight years. She works tirelessly for us year-round, not only during the legislative session where she serves on the Agriculture, Natural Resources and Education committees. Donna’s experience with other legislators and agencies at the state level and her many contacts with community organizations, local governments and the citizens of this district makes her an effective legislator. 

For these eight years, Rep. Pence has served on the Idaho Rural Partnership board of directors with county, state and federal officials, including a cross-section of members of the community. Its aim is to address the needs and to suggest action for the benefit of rural Idaho. One outcome of these efforts was Rep. Pence’s introduction of HB 606 during the last legislative session. Its purpose is to give a tax credit to existing agribusinesses in order to increase the processing of Idaho goods in Idaho. It makes sense to me that we develop “made in Idaho” products and increase jobs for Idaho citizens. This bill was passed by the House and when sent to the Senate, it was held in the Tax Committee. This bill has the support of major agricultural groups and Rep. Pence will bring it again in the next session.

As an advocate for quality education of Idaho’s students, Rep. Pence encourages voting No for the education Propositions 1, 2 and 3 on the ballot.     

Through retirement and/or seeking election to the Senate, 47 percent of the House will be new after the November election. The retention of experienced legislators is needed for the smooth operation of this governing body. Vote for Rep. Pence on Nov. 6.

Kathleen Boian

Gooding, Idaho


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