Due to an action of the Majority Party of the Idaho House of Representatives, the State of Idaho will be unable to use the federal system for collecting and disbursing child support payments.
Health and Welfare staff have had conversations with their federal counterparts. We have less than 60 days to fix this error and join the rest of the country in these standard support payment rules. If we do not, we lose $46 million in federal money, have to lay off over 100 child support workers, and endanger the more than $200,000,000 in payments to 155,000 kids now receiving parental support through the system.
This is not about international autonomy, sovereignty, or "sharia law". It is not about welfare payments--these are private child support payments. It is about the lives and welfare of Idaho families, and continuing to use a system that makes child support enforcement possible.
Please take action.
Send an email or make a call to Governor Butch Otter. let him know that the kids and families need the support payments to continue. Ask him to call a Special Legislative Session to correct the House of Representatives egregious error.
Here is a link to his message page, or email him here
and his office phone is (208) 334-2100. His Fax: (208) 334-3454
Remind him that paying for teachers is good but not enough. Kids need food, clothing and shelter too. That is what child support is for. Ask him to call a special legislative session to protect child support payments.
Thanks. Now get busy!
John Rushe, Minority Leader
Idaho House of Representatives
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