marv hagedorn idaho

Sen. Marv Hagedorn (R) of Meridian just announced that his upcoming two-year term in the State Senate will be his last as he is running for Idaho lieutenant governor. Hagedorn shared his decision via Twitter and Facebook earlier today.

With the announcement, Hagedorn becomes the first candidate to officially step into the race for lieutenant governor, which will appear on ballots across Idaho in 2018.

A native of Washington, Hagedorn has been a state senator since 2013. Prior to that, he served six years in the Idaho House of Representatives.

Meridian lawmaker no stranger to controversial decisions

Hagedorn has been criticized for several controversial decisions regarding state legislation in recent years.

In 2015 he supported a controversial bill to impose a $75 annual registration fee on owners of hybrid vehicles. The fee was intended to cover the gap of gasoline taxes not collected at the pump.

However, the bill was met with strong opposition from Idaho residents, who felt it unfairly penalized those who chose hybrids. As a result of public outcry on the issue, and due to the fact that new technology allows non-hybrid cars to get gas mileage as good as or even better than hybrid cars, the senate voted earlier this year to repeal the extra tax for hybrid owners.

Despite stiff opposition to the 2015 bill, Hagedorn held firm on his decision to tax hybrid owners. “We made a good decision last year and I hope we stay with that decision,” he said. “I appreciate that people want to be responsible and buy hybrids. They made a choice to do that.”

Last year Hagedorn was also instrumental in killing pro-small-business legislation that would have repealed a mandate requiring anyone selling cars to keep their doors open for business at least 20 hours a week. The mandate has been sharply criticized as government overreach into business.

Many feel the current regulation, which was crafted by the Idaho Transportation Department, hurts entrepreneurship by killing start-ups and other small-company auto dealers.

The bill that Hagedorn defeated was introduced by Rep. Kelley Packer, R-McCammon, and backed by Rep. Steven Harris, R-Meridian. It would have given small-time auto dealers the option of posting their contact info at their place of business so they wouldn’t be forced to remain open 20 hours every week.

In essence, Hagedorn, a self-proclaimed supporter of small businesses—and an automotive enthusiast to boot—squashed a bill that would have greatly benefitted those trying to earn a living selling cars. Hagedorn’s decision, then, seems ironic, hypocritical, and completely unfair to small-time entrepreneurs.


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