Labrador Unveils Plan To Dismantle The Power And Perks Of Establishment Politicians
I’ll stand with Raúl.
The third plank of his Conservative Vision for a Stronger Idaho
Boise, ID – Today, gubernatorial candidate Raúl Labrador released an aggressive plan to Dismantle the Power and Perks of Establishment Politicians, the third plank of his Conservative Vision for a Stronger Idaho.
Labrador’s six-point plan breaks establishment politicians’ stranglehold over state government by directly taking on the rampant cronyism that has infected Boise. His plan dismantles the power and perks of establishment politicians by ending the “pay to play” atmosphere in Boise with increased oversight for state contracting, enacting constitutional term limits for statewide elected officials and state legislators, ending insider deals by strengthening penalties for officials who fail to disclose conflicts of interests, eliminating political patronage in hiring decisions, banning special interest groups from participating in the state-sponsored retirement system (PERSI), and closing loopholes that allow pension spiking.
“The establishment is scared of what I will do as governor to break the cycle of cronyism in government,” said Labrador. “Those who feel entitled to enrich themselves on the backs of taxpayers have to be stopped. We need strong protections, like the ones I’m proposing, to hold public officials accountable to the people of Idaho.”
Labrador’s opponents, in stark contrast, are among the power-elite who personally benefited from public policies that dole out your tax dollars. “Under my administration, the days of handing out lucrative no-bid contracts and carving out loopholes in the tax code for special interests will abruptly end,” said Labrador.
“Idahoan’s expect their governor to stand up for the people of Idaho and forcefully stop abuses, but for too long our leaders have looked away while their friends raided Idaho’s coffers,” commented Labrador. “We need a leader strong enough to end this unsavory practice. I’m proud of my record of fighting cronyism and standing up for every-day Idahoans. The people of Idaho know that about me. They know they can trust me to stand strong on their behalf.”
Raúl Labrador, 50, is the frontrunner in the crowded Idaho Republican gubernatorial primary. He and his wife Becca are proud of their five children and one daughter-in-law, and are happily expecting their first grandchild. More information about Raúl Labrador and his campaign to become Idaho’s next governor, along with his plan to Dismantle the Power and Perks of Establishment Politicians, is available at www.RaulLabrador.com.
Conservative Vision for a Stronger Idaho
Dismantle the Power and Perks of Establishment Politicians
End Pay to Play
In Idaho government, political connections sometimes impact how policies are developed and contracts are awarded. Sweetheart deals and special favors have become both costly and normal. In 2017, the state of Idaho settled a legal dispute over the Idaho Education Network, which had been awarded for political favor, and not merit. This contract was ruled illegal in courts. This failed project cost as much as $40 million. While the state Legislature has made some reforms to the contracting process, the “pay to play” atmosphere persists at the highest levels of state government. Cronyism and favoritism have no place in government. As governor, I’ll thoroughly review Idaho’s contracting process and work with the legislature to close loopholes, increase oversight, and make state contracting more accountable to taxpayers. Additionally, I’ll eliminate “pay to play” and replace it with a level playing field for all.
Term Limits for Statewide Officials and Legislators
Term limits allow fresh ideas and innovations to rise to the surface, and can help stop corruption and cronyism from taking root. Conversely, concentrating power into the hands of people who have been in office for too long can lead to cronyism and, at minimum, a belief that political favoritism is behind policy decisions. I’ve led the fight to enact term limits for all members of Congress by sponsoring a term limits amendment to the U.S Constitution. Early in the governor’s race I pledged to serve no more than two terms of office. As governor, I’ll lead the charge to work with citizens and lawmakers to amend the Idaho Constitution to enact term limits for our statewide elected officials and state legislators.
End Insider Deals and Conflicts of Interest
Idahoans are often asked to just trust that their elected officials aren’t personally benefiting from a government contract or policy change. It shouldn’t be this way. An elected official can have private financial interests, but when those interests are factored into public matters, that’s called corruption. Even the appearance of corruption can erode public confidence in government. It’s well past time for Idaho to require a thorough disclosure of potential conflicts of interest. As governor, I’ll restore confidence in Idaho’s political system by requiring all elected officials—state and local— be held accountable to disclosing potential conflicts of interest. I’ll also lead the fight against bribery and insider deals by working with the Legislature to make our laws more clear and enforceable.
Insist on Higher Standards of Leadership in Idaho
Too many hiring decisions in Idaho government are based on political connections and not aptitude. Once elected, I will ask all current heads of agencies and departments to submit their resignations and reapply for their positions if they want to continue to serve the people of Idaho. Then, I will invite all qualified individuals to apply for leadership positions in my administration. Those individuals will be considered for hiring based on their commitment to serving the people of Idaho, their experience as organization leaders and their commitment to reducing costs to taxpayers while improving customer service.
Expel Special Interest Groups from the Public Employee Retirement System of Idaho (PERSI)
The law governing the Public Employee Retirement System of Idaho allows special interest groups to participate in this state-sponsored retirement program that was intended for public employees. Special interest groups that lobby the Legislature shouldn’t receive a benefit reserved for state and local government employees. It’s wrong for the taxpayers of Idaho to take on the risk associated with funding pensions for special interest groups. As governor, I will see that this loophole in the law is closed.
Stop Pension Spiking
Currently, part-time legislators who transition into full-time Idaho government employment after their elected service are rewarded with an extremely valuable perk that’s available to no one else, full-time PERSI credit for part-time work. This loophole can be used to turn a pension worth a few hundred dollars a month into one worth thousands of dollars. This isn’t right. As governor, I will work to change state law so that legislators don’t receive preferential treatment.