Chris Loucks, chair and professor in the Department of Economics, wrote “Is Idaho the Next Oklahoma for Educators? Take steps Now to Preserve Public Education” which was published in the Idaho Statesman, May 4, 2018.
“Tax cuts may be attractive, but only until folks have to decide what programs they want to cut. Since education takes up the majority of a state’s general fund, schools end up bearing the brunt of revenue cuts – whether or not that’s what voters intended,” said Loucks.
An article by Loucks on the same subject was published in the Post Register. Loucks wrote, “Short-sighted policy choices in states like Oklahoma and Arizona paved the way for their teacher strikes. The Idaho Legislature has painted our state into a similar corner,”