A bill increasing Idaho's personal grocery tax credit to $60 quietly passed the House this morning, leaving only Gov. Butch Otter to sign off on the measure. Otter originally requested more relief targeted toward low-income Idahoans, and it's unclear whether he will veto it sometime this week, keeping lawmakers at the Statehouse longer than their March 23 goal, or give in – since both houses had more than veto-proof majorities in favor of the plan. The House passed HB 81 on a 63-6 vote. All Panhandle lawmakers voted in favor of the bill.
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