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Legislature Watching

I’ve been a little out of sorts the past few days with whatever it is that’s making the rounds, but that’s given me a chance to sit and watch the legislature on my fancy computer gadget box in the basement. It’s like magic. The Legislative Services Division has really done a nice job of making information on the 2013 session visible and easily accessible. You can look up bills, find your legislator, watch or listen to hearings and floor sessions, and much more. Kudos to them.

But that’s not what I wanted to talk about. I’m going to be lazy today and just redirect you to some work we’ve already done at MPI on two issues that are currently hot in Helena.

The first is Medicaid expansion. Rob and I have been beating this to death here and here , I know. And you can get all the facts and date you need from our policy note. But you really need to tell your legislators how you feel about creating an entirely new dependency class of young, able, childless adults. The arguments and facts and data are all in the blogs and policy notes we’ve done, but they mean nothing if you don’t show your concern. You can bet the victim industry and hospitals who stand to gain enormously are lobbying the hell out of our reps up in Helena. Somebody’s got to stand up for the taxpayer and for the basic morality of a system that rewards earned success rather than punishes it.

The other hot topic is campaign finance reform. I laid out the argument here that the problem we have isn’t money in politics, it’s politics in money. And so whatever ‘reforms’ we try are for nothing if we don’t reduce the size, scope and power of the government to pick winners and losers. Anything else is putting the cart before the horse. This issue divides those of us on the right and there are legitimate concerns on both sides of the issue. But please take a look at arguments against limiting free speech before letting emotional arguments take the day.