Rep. Steve Berch Newsletter - Tax Break project update


This is a follow-up to the featured commentary in one of my newsletters from last year titled "There is (h)OPE."  It reported my success in getting bi-partisan approval for OPE (Office of Performance Evaluations) to review tax breaks and make recommendations for how the legislature should move forward to better manage them.

OPE has issued its report, which provides a quantification of the problem, examples of how other states deal with this issue, and questions the legislature should address IF it wants to do something about it. 

This is a project update. Links to the relevant documents are provided at the end of this newsletter.

Rep. Steve Berch Newsletter - Worst. Session. Ever. (Part 2 of 2)


This is the second part of my legislative newsletter summarizing the 2021 legislative session.  Part 1 covered what the legislature did in 2021 (Constitutional amendments, Governor vetoes and new laws).  This part covers the bills that failed in the legislature. It is enlightening to see the good bills that failed and the bad bills that got killed.  

NOTE: If you missed Part 1, you can find it on my website at www.berch4idaho.com

As always, please contact me anytime for any reason.

Rep. Steve Berch Newsletter - Worst. Session. Ever. (Part 1 of 2)

This is the first part of my last legislative newsletter of the 2021 legislative session - hopefully.  I say “hopefully” because the Idaho House of Representatives has not officially adjourned. Instead, the House decided to go into recess, thus allowing itself to meet anytime majority party leaders choose – for whatever reason – between now and the end of the year.  This moves us closer to becoming a de facto full-time legislature.

Part 1 covers what the legislature did in 2021 (Constitutional amendments, Governor vetoes and new laws).  Part 2 covers the bills that failed in the legislature. It is enlightening to see the good bills that failed and the bad bills that got killed.  

Even though we are in recess, my job as your Representative – answering your questions, assisting with issues, visiting with voters – continues year-round. Please contact me anytime for any reason.

Rep. Steve Berch Newsletter - Connecting the dots . . . . .

Time to catch up on activity between my last newsletter and the legislature’s unplanned recess due to the spread of COVID among legislators, their family members and staff (one of whom is reported to be in intensive care at a local hospital).

While the 17-day recess was unplanned, it was totally predictable. Most of the majority party legislators have deliberately refused to wear masks or practice social distancing since the start of the session.  When the House went into recess on March 19, the Speaker of the House said he trusted all members to make wise decisions. Yeah, right.

We’re back in session on April 6th.

As always, please contact me anytime for any reason (important information is provided at the end of this newsletter).