After reading this entire thread and the Idaho+ thread and several links posted, I came up with 32 reasons to vote for Idaho. Unfortunately, I am missing a few. Here is what I have, (Not necessarily in any order of importance) . . . anyone want to try to help add some that I am missing?
1. Only candidate state with no requirement for parents to initiate contact with state to begin homeschooling.
2. Lowest number of people on welfare, measured by TANF recipients, of all 50 states.
3. Ranked #3 or #4, depending on which measurement among states in gun freedoms.
4. Lower teacher union power, possibly second or third lowest among states in strength of union members
5. Best job market
6. Second only to Montana in ease of using a referrendum process among states yet Idaho law allows constitutional challenges to any referrendum before going to the ballot.
7. Best available air service, for availability of flights and price within all candidate states.
8. Idaho is #1 in the nation for the NPT Healthy Society Component which is a composite of home ownership, percentage of population voting, births to unwed mothers, single parent families, and the percentage of population receiving welfare payments. Idaho received a score of 6.4, among our candidate states, Wyoming came in second with 12.6.
9. Idaho has no presumptive eligibility for Medicaid.
10. Idaho has no Child Access Prevention (CAP) Law and has no Trigger Lock Law
11. Only Idaho families with annual incomes below $20,472 for a family of three qualify for child care help. Federal law allows the state to serve families with annual incomes up to $31,511.
12. Idaho along with adjacent states WY and MT are the only states that have no additional provision to federal law for right of plaintiff to collect on a legal judgement.
13. The State Constitution does not allow for secession from the United States, this will deflect criticisms that we are a secessionist movement.
14. As of June 2000, Idaho had an estimated $4.1 million unspent Childrenâ€™s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) funds from its FY 1998 allotment.
15. No state minimum wage. Federal minimum wage is Idaho's minimum wage.
16. Idaho is a state having Right-To-Work laws.
17. Idaho is covered by the most pro-drug Federal Court of Appeals court, the 9th circuit in San Francisco.
18. All the counties in the 6 states and 1 province surrounding Idaho have very low population levels except for Spokane County Washington and Missoula County Montana.
19. Abundant ammo for a Potato cannon
20. Though being the most populous state, Idaho has more people living outside of 25,000+ cities than Alaska and more rural residents outside cities of >13,000 population than both Alaska and North Dakota.
21. Despite being the most populous state, Idaho ranks third among our candidate states for absolute number of people in small cities and towns with LESS than 13,000 people; in other words, it ranks behind only New Hampshire and Maine for having a rural population( which is perceived as wherein lie the greatest number of allies for freedom).
22. Idaho has significantly different climate zones and an arguably warmer climate, overall, than any other of our candidate states.
23. Despite being known as a conservative state, in 1994 Idaho voters rejected a statewide proposition to "establish state policies regarding homosexuality" which homosexual groups campaigned against saying it was "anti-homosexual".
24. Idaho's former lieutenant governor, Butch Otter held that chair for the longest time in Idaho's history and is now one of Idaho's two Congressional reps., his last opponent declared in her campaign, "His libertarian rhetoric has begun to wear thin and voters tell me they are suffering from â€œOtter Fatigueâ€, well, Otter won by a landslide.
25. In 1999, Idaho ranked #1 in the nation on the Freedom in America's 50 States
economic freedom index.
26. Idaho is second to New Hampshire (although a distant second) in the level of freedom in auto insurance laws.
27. Idaho is second only to Wyoming in freedoms for smokers, yet unlike Wyoming, is more smoking neutral in that it does not require employers to ignore smoking as a factor in employment.