Gannon Challenges Democratic Party Presidential Nominating Process
In June of 2016, John challenged the presidential caucus procedure in the Democratic Party. This process actually prevented voters from participating in the selection of the Presidential nominee. He wrote a guest editorial in the Statesman and explained the issue on Boise State Radio:
This video from Judy explains why caucuses deny the right to vote:
Gannon Calls for Greater Education Funding
This year, I voted against the K-12 education budget because school spending is still $40 million below spending in the 2008-2009 academic year. Since 2008, Idaho school districts have experienced a 5% increase in student enrollment, a 25% increase in school district health insurance premium costs, a Persi contribution increase, and some inflation. I made these points on the House Floor during debate and in discussions with the media. For more information, check out the link below.
Gannon Calls for Ending Colorado CCA Contract
Representative John Gannon and a colleague have proposed a Legislative Resolution to require the State to end its last remaining CCA contract which provides for the housing of Idaho inmates at the private CCA Kit Carson facility in Colorado. Currently there are 250 Idaho inmates there. The private prison experiment has failed in Idaho and the way in which the contract has been breached is a good reason to end all CCA contracts.
Boise Weekly Interviews Rep. John Gannon
On February 26, 2014 the Boise Weekly published an interview in which I discus my views on my time and experiences at the Capitol this year. For more information, check out the link below.
CHILD PROTECTION LEGISLATION
I have proposed legislation to modernize a rarely used exception to our child protection injury law so that every parent must seek medical attention to treat a child who is at risk of death or permanent disability. Presently the law allows faith healing parents to refuse treatment. But, a child has a right to become an adult, and society in general believes a child should be treated for an illness such as strep throat, pneumonia, infection or diabetes. The proposal is supported by the Interfaith Alliance, and people who are familiar with the exclusive use of faith healing as a remedy for serious illness. The idea behind the legislation is to require parents to seek medical treatment in addition to faith healing and nothing more. Decisions regarding the nature and extent of medical treatment remain the same as they are today.
The proposal has been widely discussed and you can read more here:
Idaho Private Prison: A failed experiment
John Gannon’s idea to require state boards and agencies to consider proposals from state departments, particularly with regard to the private prison management of one of Idaho’s prisons, resulted in several favorable comments and was widely discussed.
Same Sex Tax Law
Laws and rules need to be constitutional when they are implemented. Discrimination shouldn’t be a part of public policy. John Gannon pointed out that different tax commission rules for same sex couples may violate the equal protection clause of the Constitution.
Tax breaks help keep Idaho at the bottom in education funding.
John Gannon has consistently advocated for better public education funding. He opposed tax cuts that take money from the General Fund because they just reduce the revenue available for education, especially in 2013 when school district after district raised property taxes to cover for lost revenue the general fund should have provided.
Idaho Governor’s Mansion
The Governors Mansion program has not worked. Different Governors will have different family needs and spouses may want a less public home. At least 8 Governors nationwide are not living in their states governors mansions – for good personal reasons. John Gannon testified against keeping the Mansion. He supported a housing allowance just as prior Idaho Governors received when they served.