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HOUSE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION NO. 51
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HCR051.....................................................by STATE AFFAIRS
STATE GOVERNMENT - Stating findings of the Legislature and authorizing the
Legislative Council to appoint a committee to undertake and complete a
study of finance, revenue and efficiencies for state government.
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]]]] LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF IDAHO ]]]]
Fifty-ninth Legislature Second Regular Session - 2008
IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
HOUSE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION NO. 51
BY STATE AFFAIRS COMMITTEE
1 A CONCURRENT RESOLUTION
2 STATING FINDINGS OF THE LEGISLATURE AND AUTHORIZING THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TO
3 APPOINT A COMMITTEE TO UNDERTAKE AND COMPLETE A STUDY OF FINANCE, REVENUE
4 AND EFFICIENCIES FOR STATE GOVERNMENT.
5 Be It Resolved by the Legislature of the State of Idaho:
6 WHEREAS, the government is the servant of the people and derives its just
7 power from the consent of the governed; and
8 WHEREAS, the Idaho state budget has been growing faster than population
9 growth; and
10 WHEREAS, taxes burden all working people and place heavy burdens on fami-
11 lies, both young and old; and
12 WHEREAS, the economy may be softening resulting in fewer tax revenues; and
13 WHEREAS, the health of the private sector is critical to a healthy Idaho
14 economy; and
15 WHEREAS, every working person would receive a wage increase if taxes were
16 reduced and all other factors remain constant; and
17 WHEREAS, tax reduction has been demonstrated to be beneficial to the econ-
18 omy; and
19 WHEREAS, tax reduction is possible only when state spending is kept in
21 NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the members of the Second Regular Ses-
22 sion of the Fifty-ninth Idaho Legislature, the House of Representatives and
23 the Senate concurring therein, that the Legislative Council is authorized to
24 appoint a committee to undertake and complete a study of state government
25 finance and revenue to assess all statutory increases in spending, to consider
26 ongoing programs, to consider implementing zero-based budgeting for the state,
27 to consider cost-saving policies that could be put in place to improve educa-
28 tion, to study policies that focus on prevention, so as to reduce social prob-
29 lems and social spending and to consider any other wise proposal to reduce the
30 state tax burden. The committee is to use as a starting point the report of
31 the Governor's Management Task Force commissioned by Governor John Evans. The
32 Legislative Council shall determine the number of legislators and membership
33 from each house appointed to the committee and shall authorize the committee
34 to receive input, advice and assistance from interested and affected parties
35 who are not members of the Legislature.
36 BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that nonlegislative members of the committee may be
37 appointed by the cochairs of the committee who are appointed by the Legisla-
38 tive Council. Nonlegislative members of the advisory committee shall not be
39 reimbursed from legislative funds for per diem, mileage or other expenses and
40 shall not have voting privileges regarding the committee's recommendations or
41 proposed legislation.
42 BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the committee shall report its findings, rec-
43 ommendations and proposed legislation, if any, to the First Regular Session of
44 the Sixtieth Idaho Legislature.
STATEMENT OF PURPOSE
This legislation allows the Legislative Council to form a committee
to study statutory increases, the idea of zero-based budgeting, and
other policies that may lead to reduced spending in years to come.
The Committee would be authorized to meet until the end of 2008 and
then report to the Legislative Council.
The cost of meetings for the committee is not expected to exceed
Representative Brent Crane
Speaker of the House Lawerence Denny, Representatives Mike Moyle,
Marv Hagedorn, Eric Anderson, Bob Nonini, Raul Labrador, Steve
Kren, Steven Thayn, Dean Mortimer, John Vander Woude, Curtis
Bowers, Cliff Bayer, Diana Thomas, Russ Mathews, Lynn Luker
Senators Curt McKenzie, John McGee, Patti Anne Lodge, Shirley
McKague, Jeff Siddoway, Russ Fulcher
STATEMENT OF PURPOSE/FISCAL NOTE HCR 51