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12YO’s Investigation Angers Senator

In the aftermath of recent news about the Idaho State Tax Commission investigating a 12-year-old boy who operated a fruit stand over the summer, the chairman of the state Senate Local Government and Taxation Committee is considering reforms to the state’s tax policies. “It is disturbing,” Sen, Jeff Siddoway, R-Terreton, said of the child investigation news. In an interview with, Siddoway noted that after he read the news: “I just shook my head and thought ‘what are we doing here? Hasn’t the tax commission got better things to do? Is really where we want to put our resources?’” Siddoway also noted that “Idaho currently has a long, long list of tax laws pertaining to children”/Austin Hill, Idaho Reporter. More here.

Question: Will the Idaho State Tax Commission regret this investigation?

Fines Stoke Fruit Stand Feud

Richard Phillips (pictured), who owns the Farm Fresh Fruit stand at 10 S. Argonne Road, recently paid a hefty fine for violating the terms of his temporary use permit last fall. It was one in a series of complaints that have been filed against the fruit stand, though Phillips places the blame for many of the complaints on a neighbor he has been feuding with for years. Phillips gets a temporary use permit every year, which allows him to operate his fruit stand for six months. City of Spokane Valley code enforcement officers noticed Phillips was still open on Sept. 3, after his permit had expired, and fined him $1,000. According to city records it was his fourth offense. On Sept. 13 he was still open and was fined again, this time for $5,000/Nina Culver, SR. More here.

Question: Where do you buy your fruit?

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