One week after the Idaho House Health & Welfare Committee shamefully killed a day-care safety bill, the House on Monday defeated House Concurrent Resolution 18, which would have established early childhood learning standards. The bill, proposed by Democrats Branden Durst and Donna Pence, aimed to establish a quality rating system to help parents make better choices on child care. But it failed on a 43-27 vote. Read more here.
In related news, kudos to Fort Boise and Idaho Public Television for pointing out this gem from the Idaho Falls Post Register:
JEERS to Rep. Tom Loertscher, R- Iona. Just a few days ago, he helped sink a badly needed improvement in Idaho's day-care licensing program -- ranked the worst in the nation by the National Association of Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies.
And here's what he said, "What can we do to keep Mom at home?"
Is this the same Tom Loertscher who in 1996 voted to slash welfare? That change pushed more than 20,000 poor Idaho women into the work force -- and their children into government-subsidized (at a cost of $31.2 million a year) day care.
Not that Loertscher has anything against welfare - provided he's the one getting it. The Environmental Working Group estimates Loertscher has raked in more than $900,000 in farm subsidies during the past 10 years. Included in that is $765,000 he received through the conservation reserve program. Essentially, he got that money for doing nothing.
What a hypocrite.