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Fulcher: Sales Tax Cut Would Help

Recently, Marty Trillhaase wrote an opinion that the grocery tax repeal would be a good idea "for 15 seconds." I would like to submit to the readers why I believe it is a good idea to repeal the grocery tax for all Idahoans. Eliminating the tax on food will provide welcome relief to every family in Idaho. I am pleased that both Republicans and Democrats support this legislation and I look forward to seeing this legislation become law. For the past several years, we have watched as Idaho families struggle to make ends meet. We've gone through a housing crisis that resulted in people losing their homes. We've lost jobs in an economy where it takes almost twice as long to find a new one. Underemployment is more than 10 percent. When people do find a job, it pays a low wage. Idaho has the largest percentage of minimum-wage workers in the country/Sen. Russ Fulcher, op-ed in Lewiston Tribune. More here.

Question: I find it refreshing that a gubernatorial candidate in Idaho recognizes what a miserable position that state is in re: underemployment and minimum-wage employment. How about you?

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