Friday, April 18, 2014

A taker, not a giver

     Idaho politicians regularly bash the federal government. The rhetoric is high and deep in every political campaign and every session of the Legislature where fist-shaking-by-resolution is common practice.

     Perhaps it’s a good thing Idaho is not a populous state and doesn’t get a lot of notice from the others, because it turns out that Idaho is more taker than giver when it comes to federal government revenues.

     A recent study by WalletHub, a personal finance website, found that Idaho was 29th of the 50 states in the amount of money it receives from the federal government. It showed that for every dollar we pay in federal income taxes, we get $1.40 back in the form of installations such as the INL, highway payments, military installations, federal expenditures to care for public land and wildlife, Social Security and public pensions. Mountain Home Air Force Base alone generates more than $1 billion each year and provides 7,000 jobs.

     States such as New York, New Jersey, Minnesota and Delaware receive far less than a dollar back for every dollar paid.

     If the federal government were a couple of private corporations, Idaho’s politicians and administrators would be sending them chocolates and blowing them kisses to keep them happy to be here. Instead, legislators pass resolutions insisting that the federal government surrender public lands to the state and generally butt out.

     Idahoans need to envision what life would be like if the federal government complied. It would mean life with few or no public lands, no federal jobs or investment, no support payments for agriculture, transportation or retirees. It would mean fewer, sicker, poorer people.

     If this is the state Idaho leaders want, they should fess up and say so instead of leading constituents to believe that the federal government is cheating us.

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