About 70 people have gathered in front of the steps of the Capitol Annex to protest against taxes, in what organizers dubbed “Tea Party II.” The Rev. Bryan Fischer, in a press release, said, “The purpose of Tea Party II is to give ordinary Idaho taxpayers the opportunity to voice their opposition to an increase in their tax burden during a recession.” Among those gathered was one man with a sign saying “FBO,” which he explained stood for “Forget about Butch Otter.” The event was billed as a follow-up to the April 15 “Tea Party” rallies in Boise and elsewhere against taxes, with the twist that this time, they’d be urging the House to stand up to Gov. Otter against a gas tax hike. “Participants are urged to bring the same signs and the same energy they brought to the April 15 rally,” Fischer wrote in his release. The April 15 rally, held at Capitol Park, attracted hundreds.
Betsy Z. Russell covers Idaho news from The Spokesman-Review's bureau in Boise.
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