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Trib: Solons Raid School $$$ Again

For the second consecutive year, Idaho lawmakers may siphon dollars from underfunded schools, colleges and health care - and extend a tax cut to businesses. It could have been worse. Far worse. That's cold comfort, but a political reality in a legislature that loves only one thing more than the business lobby -- cutting taxes businesses pay. By an overwhelming 67-to-2 vote the House Tuesday voted to exempt the first $100,000 of taxable value from the personal property tax any business pays on its equipment in each of Idaho's 44 counties. Moscow Democrat Shirley Ringo voted no. The change adds up to about $20 million worth of relief for 49,000 small businesses. Because the money to pay for it comes from the state treasury, city and county budgets will not be cut/Marty Trillhaase, Lewiston Tribune. More here.

Question: It's a sad day when we're relieved that the Idaho Legislature didn't do as much damage to schools as they could have, right?

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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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