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Fri., Feb. 22, 2013, 9:56 a.m.

Analysis: Tax Cut Would Hurt Schools

The draft bill released last week by Idaho Gov. Butch Otter to phase out the state’s personal property tax on business equipment would have a “devastating” impact on the state’s public schools, according to a new analysis by Mike Ferguson, the former longtime chief state economist who now heads the Idaho Center for Fiscal Policy; you can read it here. “Other state programs (colleges and universities, health and human services, public safety, etc.) would be adversely impacted, but none to the degree of public schools,” Ferguson writes/Betsy Russell, Eye on Boise. More here.

Question: If Gov. Otter cared about schools, why is he still pushing to eliminate the personal property tax and help his big-business friends? Oh.




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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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