“Proof that Democrats can appeal to moderate and independent Idahoans comes from an unexpected source, the Idaho Association of Realtors, which commissioned a poll in December to share with GOP lawmakers. The poll found education the top priority, a typical result. But there also was this: 71 percent want reform of sales, property and income taxes; 65 percent favor expanding the homeowner’s property-tax exemption; 64 percent would raise the sales tax a penny were it earmarked for teacher pay; 54 percent want counties to collect sales tax to cut property taxes; and 52 percent support higher impact fees to pay for growth. On all those issues, the GOP’s squarely on the other side.”
For the rest of Dan Popkey’s column in the Idaho Statesman Sunday, click here.