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Thu., Sept. 2, 2010, 2:30 p.m.

Trib: No One Cares About Tax Cheat?

" ... there's been no word from Speaker Lawerence Denney, R-Midvale, or Majority Leader Mike Moyle, R-Star, about stripping (state Rep. Phil Hart, R-Athol) of his assignment on the tax-writing committee. That's some signal the House leadership is communicating: Idahoans should continue voluntarily - or at least grudgingly - to pay their taxes. The same rules, however, do not apply to a sitting lawmaker who not only flaunts the law, but then writes those laws for others to follow. Then again, that's some message the ordinary citizen is telegraphing to his elected representatives in Boise. Out there with the electorate, Hart's escapade has had a half-life of about 15 minutes. Have Idahoans come to accept a tax scofflaw in their Legislature?"/Marty Trillhaase, Lewiston Tribune. More here.

Question: Why hasn't there been any sort of outcry from ordinary North Idahoans re: state Rep. Phil Hart's flaunting of tax laws?




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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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