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Wed., June 9, 2010, 9:14 a.m.

Opinion: A System That Helps Fat Cats?

Rep. Shirley Ringo has leveled some explosive allegations about the way Idaho collects taxes.They might or might not be true. And that is the fundamental problem with defending an inherently secret tax system. Who knows what to believe? Since it's your money, you deserve to know. Ringo, a Moscow legislator, took the unusual step Monday of suing the Legislature and the State Tax Commission over confidential tax settlements between the commission and multistate corporations. The settlements are supposed to resolve tax protests, but the lawsuit describes a system that favors the cronies and the corporations/Idaho Statesman Editorial Board. More here.

Question: A PAC group is able to spend $36,000 to defeat Judge John Bradbury in his Idaho Supreme Court race w/Roger Burdick. A North Idaho lawmakers alleges that some fat cats game the Idaho tax system. The longer I live in Idaho the more I believe that a good-old-boy system exists to benefit itself. Do you agree?

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D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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