RECLAIM IDAHO IS A GRASSROOTS MOVEMENT DESIGNED TO PROTECT AND IMPROVE THE QUALITY OF LIFE OF WORKING IDAHOANS. WE ORGANIZE TO PASS CITIZENS’ INITIATIVES AND ALSO TO ELECT CANDIDATES WHO BELIEVE IN STRENGTHENING PUBLIC SCHOOLS, PROTECTING PUBLIC LANDS, AND EXTENDING HEALTHCARE TO WORKING FAMILIES.
The Reclaim Idaho movement began in the summer of 2017 when we painted a 1977 Dodge camper bright green and labeled both sides with “Medicaid for Idaho.” Beginning in the Panhandle, we drove south to every corner of the state, visiting over 20 communities.
We successfully spearheaded the initiative campaign to get Medicaid Expansion on the 2018 ballot. Through those efforts we built a grassroots network with over 2,000 volunteers in over 25 Idaho counties. Ordinary Idahoans, from every part of the state, came together to accomplish what the Idaho legislature failed to do. On November 6, 2018, 61-percent of Idaho voters approved Medicaid Expansion. Proposition Two won majority support in 35 of 44 Idaho counties and 29 of 35 Idaho legislative districts. We became citizen lawmakers.
Despite that overwhelming victory, the majority of Idaho’s legislators retaliated by drafting bills that would make future initiative efforts virtually impossible. Reclaim Idaho joined with a coalition of partners to defeat those efforts, which continued through the final days of the legislative session. Thousands of Idahoans from every county joined the fight, pressuring Governor Little to veto the bills and protect our initiative rights.
On August 30, 2019, Reclaim Idaho filed an initiative to invest $170 million in K-12 education. During the past 20 years, Idaho politicians have underfunded K-12 education year after year while continuing to give away tax breaks to corporations and the wealthy. It’s time to reverse this trend and start investing in our kids again.
Our initiative would do just that: It would restore Idaho’s corporate tax rate to 8% and increase the marginal tax rate on those making over $250,000 per year, and it would dedicate all new revenue to meeting the most urgent needs of our students.
We’ve all seen the costs of Idaho’s failure to invest in education: outdated and torn-up textbooks; overcrowded classrooms; underfunded special education; unfunded kindergarten; cuts to career-technical training; poverty wages for support staff; qualified teachers leaving the state in droves because Idaho will not pay competitive salaries.
It’s time to invest in Idaho, and to give voters a chance to declare that they’d rather invest in our kids than give tax breaks to corporations and the wealthy.
Idaho’s Sleeping Giant
"When we toured the state and talked to Idahoans from all walks of life, one thing became clear: There is a sleeping giant in this state. Its head is in the Panhandle. Its limbs stretch down to Salmon and Shelley, Blackfoot and Burley, McCall and Mountain Home. Its heart is everywhere. It has no political party, because it is bigger than the parties.”
— Luke Mayville, Reclaim Idaho Co-founder
Reclaim Idaho is powered by over 2,000 volunteers in over 25 Idaho Counties. Our volunteers are the core of our grassroots movement.
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