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ID Small Towns Learn to Battle the Big Shots

January 8, 2007


The Idaho legislature is expected to take up the "rural economic development" topic again this year, and once again, the state's small towns will have little to say about what's done, according to campaign finance watchdog Jim Hansen with United Vision for Idaho. He claims that following the election money reveals that decision-making clout on the topic comes from those in urban areas or out of state.

"If you leave it up to the big companies in the big cities to decide what's good for rural areas, you can bet it's not going be the same thing small communities believe is good for themselves."

Hansen adds rural areas have to speak up to be prosperous:

"We're reaching crisis stages in terms of public policy for rural areas being made by legislators funded from the big cities and the big interest groups based in those cities."

Hansen believes small towns want to learn how to be political players, and a publicly financed election system like the one in Arizona would help. The town of Salmon is holding a meeting this week to talk about how to be heard at the Statehouse.

Deborah Smith/Eric Mack, Public News Service - ID