Arrow-right Camera

Huckleberries Online

Tue., March 25, 2014, 4:34 p.m.

Hoffman Disappointed w/Legislature

Now that the Legislature has gone home, I am left with just one question: What the heck were they thinking regarding taxes and spending? This Legislature, with a supermajority of Republicans, had ample opportunity to dramatically cut taxes and keep spending in check. It did neither. Gov. Butch Otter proposed $30 million in tax relief. He didn’t say what kind of tax relief; he left the details to lawmakers. He should have worked harder for it. He should have been specific about what he wanted and why. The Legislature built from that rocky foundation; the only tax cut bill to be introduced was one from Rep. Mike Moyle. R-Star, calling for reductions in income tax rates. But his bill was, well, wimpy. Its tax cuts were conditioned on certain state revenue benchmarks; if those revenue goals were not reached, the higher tax rates would remain in effect. Not the best tax policy in the world, but strangely, the only broad-based tax cut on the table this year. The bill passed the House 54-13, but got no Senate hearing/Wayne Hoffman, Idaho Freedom Foundation. More here.

Question: My biggest disappointment with the 2014 Legislature? It convened. How about you?

You must be logged in to post comments. Please log in here or click the comment box below for options.

comments powered by Disqus
« Back to Huckleberries Online

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.

Follow Dave online: