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Statesman: Don’t Buy Idaho House Snake Oil

House Republican leaders won their battle over local-option taxes Friday. And the Idaho Constitution lost. The House voted 51-19 on an ill-conceived local-option plan. Lawmakers say they are trying to break the deadlock over local taxing authority, and give Idaho voters a chance to settle the issue in November. Don’t buy it. This doesn’t really help local governments and local voters pay for their needs. To make matters worse, lawmakers have cynically co-opted the state Constitution in the name of political expediency/Idaho Statesman. More here

North Idaho legislators voting to make it harder for Idahoans to approve popular local-option taxes (which allowed Kootenai County to expand the local jail while providing property tax relief): Marge Chadderdon, Jim Clark, George Eskridge, Hagedorn, Phil Hart, Dick Harwood, Frank Henderson, Bob Nonini, Mary Lou Shepherd

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D.F. Oliveria is a columnist and blogger for The Spokesman-Review. Print Huckleberries is a past winner of the Herb Caen Memorial Column contest by the National Association of Newspaper Columnists. The Readership Institute of Northwestern University cited this blog as a good example of online community journalism.

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