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Rep. Tom Loertscher: House Highlights – March 8

March 8th, 2011 by Halli

By Rep. Tom Loertscher, R-Bone

President Dwight D. Eisenhower said once that,” Farming looks mighty easy when your plow is a pencil and you’re a thousand miles from the cornfield.” And that’s how it is around these halls. It may look easy from a distance but it seldom is.

We crossed the first hurdle last week by passing the first appropriations bill that pays for fire suppression for the past year. It’s normal for us to start with the small budgets and finish with the big stuff. There are a couple of pieces of the puzzle that have to clear hurdles in the legislature before some of those large budgets can be set.

Last week saw the introduction of what we are calling the Medicaid bill. A lot of what is contained in this legislation are corrections that are needed in order to make the budget work this year. I’ve requested that we be furnished with how the changes will affect each program and discuss the number of people that will be involved in those changes. The reductions that are contained in this legislation affect the lives of real people. Those kinds of decisions are never easy.

It’s always good to get home and it was especially good this weekend as Linda and I traveled to Montpelier for the annual Lincoln Day celebration. In addition to the festivities superintendent Luna met with teachers, students, and parents in an effort to explain the education reform bills that are making their way through the legislature. As meetings go I thought it was very productive and was happy for the opportunity to sit and visit with a lot of the concerned parties about this issue. The best comment came from a parent who said that her concern was that there has not been enough emphasis placed on the family’s role in education.

We are always looking for the magic bullet, one that will solve all of our problems. I don’t know about you but my experience tells me there are no magic bullets, at least I have not been able to find many. Some of our problems are too large for the feds or the state or even the communities to solve. Real solutions to education will come best from families.

Sometimes to my own downfall I tend to look at the world in simple terms. Life has become very complicated. President Eisenhower got it right. Very few things are as easy as they seem, especially from a distance.

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