The Senate has just gone into its 14th Order to consider amendments, and there are two amendments up for HB 81, the grocery tax bill. One is from Sens. Russ Fulcher and Brent Hill, to just adjust the amount of the increase in the grocery tax credit – where HB 81 would raise it from $20 to $50 for everyone, the amendment would set it at $40; for seniors, instead of raising the credit from $35 to $70, it would raise it to $60. The other amendment, from Sens. David Langhorst and Clint Stennett, would remake the bill into a modified version of Gov. Butch Otter’s proposal for a targeted tax credit for the low-income. The modified version would keep the current $20 annual credit for everyone in addition to the targeted credit.
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