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Mon., March 15, 2010, 2:02 p.m.

Silver and…well…silver

Rep. Phil Hart, R-Athol, pitches his bill Monday morning to have Idaho create an official silver medallion that could be used to pay state taxes. (Betsy Russell)
Rep. Phil Hart, R-Athol, pitches his bill Monday morning to have Idaho create an official silver medallion that could be used to pay state taxes. (Betsy Russell)

Rep. Phil Hart, R-Athol, pitches his bill Monday morning to have Idaho create an official silver medallion that could be used to pay state taxes.

BOISE — Idaho lawmakers are backing a plan that would allow state tax bills to be paid down with silver medallions instead of cash.

Athol Republican Rep. Phil Hart’s bill approved Monday is intended to encourage the use of silver as a form of currency and reinvigorate Idaho’s silver mining industry, which has been in decline for decades. More.

Personally, I'd rather pay my taxes in pennies, but I can't count that high. What do think of Hart's proposed legislation?




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Cindy Hval
Cindy Hval is a freelance columnist for the Voices neighborhood sections. Her Front Porch column appears twice a month in the Thursday Voice.