Protecting Public Education
Teacher salaries should be competitive with those in neighboring states.
Kootenai Democrats believe quality public schools should be financed for all children in Idaho from pre-K through college. Teacher salaries should be competitive with those in neighboring states. Our party believes education prepares Idaho’s children to think critically in order to become the problem-solvers and innovators so needed in our communities and the world. But Idaho’s children deserve better than 48th!
Expanding Affordable HealthCare
EVERY CITIZEN OF IDAHO DESERVES HEALTHCARE REGARDLESS OF THEIR INCOME.
Every citizen of Idaho, and our nation, deserves access to healthcare regardless of their income. Our party is fighting to bring the truth of healthcare into the light: insurance companies are in the way of affordable care for every Idahoan. We must move to a medicare for all system like all other advanced nations. Change is never easy but our citizens’ lives literally depend on it.
Promoting Living Wages
Kootenai Democrats believe every working adult should receive a wage you can live on.
Idaho’s minimum wage is $7.25. An individual working a 40-hour week earns $290 on this wage. Could you live on $290 a week? Not unless you are still living in your parent’s basement. But unfortunately, two-thirds of the individuals receiving the minimum wage are working adults, and many provide their family’s only income. Democrats believe that every working adult should receive a wage you can live on. Democratic legislators in our state are working against a tide of resistance to raising the minimum wage. Show them that you stand with us! We support the dignity of work and making work pay.
Defending Natural Resources
Kootenai Democrats are committed to protecting the natural beauty in Idaho.
Kootenai Democrats are dedicated to being good stewards of the natural resources that make North Idaho an environmental gem. We work to insure all water is drinkable, accessible, fishable and swimmable. We work to ensure access to public lands for the enjoyment of Idaho’s hunters, hikers, fishers, and recreational users.
Kootenai County Democrats recognize the economic benefits and tax base a healthy environment provides for our schools, hospitals and local businesses. We honor the farmers, ranchers, foresters who make up the foundation of Idaho’s economy. Managing our forests, lakes, and streams requires cooperation between industries and the protectors of wildlife by using fact- and science-based measures to prevent and mitigate the effects of climate change.
Kootenai County Democrats are committed to protecting the resources that brought our families to Idaho, the beauty that kept us here and the possibilities for future generations.
Restricting big Money In Politics
Idaho deserves elections that are free from the corruption of big money donors.
We believe that the citizens of the great state of Idaho deserve free and fair elections. Free from the corruption of big money donors. Far too often our elected officials create legislation to benefit their big corporate donors leaving the hard working constituents in our county under-represented and faced with laws and economic conditions that hurt our families. It’s time our elected representatives start working for us!
Securing Public Lands
The Democratic Party has long held that public lands should remain public.
The Democratic Party has long held that public lands should remain public. Despite the political climate in Idaho, we are no exception in Kootenai County. We reject the notion that a healthy economy is opposed to a healthy environment by recognizing the important role that land and water conservation plays in providing healthy recreation, generating millions of jobs and protecting threatened wildlife.
2016 Idaho Democrats Party Platform
The platform represents the collective input of the delegates attending the 2016 Idaho Democratic Party Convention.
- Demand Equality And Respect For All Idahoans
- Support An Economy That Works For All Idahoans
- Prioritize Public Education
- Ensure Accessible and Affordable Healthcare
- Defend Participatory Democracy
- Demand Honest And Transparent Government
- Support Workers And Business People
- Support Military Service
- Believe in Being Good Stewards
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