Monday, January 17, 2011

MLK Day Part Four

Posted By on Mon, Jan 17, 2011 at 4:17 PM

A few hundred school kids chose to spend part of their holiday on the steps of the Idaho Capitol. The children accompanied more than 140 members of the Idaho Community Action Network, protesting proposed budget cuts from Governor C.L. "Butch" Otter.

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"I'm here because I want to demand social and racial equality from the governor," said attendee Terri Sterling.

ICAN specifically targeted Otter's plan to slash $25 million from Idaho's Medicaid division.

"The governor's small-government, low-tax approach will result in greater personal need, reduced consumer and environmental protection, less fairness and decreased capacity for improving the public good," said Andrea Shipley, ICAN's new executive director. "We must focus on the solutions and that means raising revenue and ensuring the budget is not balanced on the backs of the poor."

Shipley told Citydesk that her organization wants a vision "to honor the dream Dr. King left for our country nearly a half century ago."

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