House Tax Chairman Dennis Lake, R-Blackfoot, has objected to the House taking up 670a, Rep. Bob Nonini's bill to give $10 million a year in tax credits for donations to scholarships for K-12 private schools; the bill would allow a corporate giver to erase half its state income tax liability, and an individual to erase his entire liability. Nonini argues that despite the $10 million cost, the bill would save the state money because it would have fewer kids to educate in public schools.
Lake objected because the bill didn't come out of the House Revenue & Taxation Committee - it came from the Education Committee, which Nonini chairs. “Tax measures always start in the Rev & Tax Committee,” Lake told the House. “This bill, HB 670, incorporates a tax credit by reference and we have not had a chance to vet that.”
The House skipped the bill for now, then went at ease. Meanwhile, the judges retirement bill, HB 660, cleared the Senate Judiciary Committee after many questions and now heads to the full Senate; and the Boise County debt bill, HB 697, passed the Senate Local Government & Taxation Committee unanimously and also heads to the full Senate.
Betsy Z. Russell covers Idaho news from The Spokesman-Review's bureau in Boise.
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