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I-1634 would ban new local taxes on all groceries, including soda

Soda industry backs an initiative that would keep local governments from putting taxes on soda or groceries.


Initiatives on carbon fees, soda taxes qualify for ballot

Two more initiatives have enough signatures to go on the November ballot.


Spin Control: Take talk on grocery taxes with a grain of salt

Washington has taxed groceries in the past.


I-1634 backers warn soda tax could spread to food

Supporters of an anti-tax initiative say they fear a local tax on food would hurt working families, even though they concede that no city or county in Washington has such …


Voters to be asked to stop local soda and grocery taxes

Voters likely to be asked whether to prevent new local taxes on soda and other groceries.


UPDATED: Wed., Dec. 6, 2017, 5:33 p.m.

Otter sends warning: He still opposes repeal of Idaho’s grocery tax

Idaho Gov. Butch Otter drew a line in the sand Wednesday, warning that he’s still firmly opposed to removing Idaho’s 6 percent sales tax from groceries.


UPDATED: Tue., July 18, 2017, 10:43 p.m.

Idaho Supreme Court upholds grocery tax veto

The Idaho Supreme Court, in a 4-1 ruling Tuesday afternoon, upheld Gov. Butch Otter’s veto of legislation removing the state’s 6 percent sales tax on groceries.


UPDATED: Thu., June 15, 2017, 10:12 p.m.

In packed courtroom, Idaho justices hear arguments in grocery tax case

Four Idaho Supreme Court justices had sharp questions for both sides, as they heard arguments Thursday in a court challenge to Gov. Butch Otter’s veto of legislation repealing the state’s …


UPDATED: Wed., June 14, 2017, 8:51 p.m.

Idaho Supreme Court to hear veto challenge arguments

Proponents of a lawsuit challenging Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter’s veto of a contentious grocery tax repeal bill will present arguments in front of the Idaho Supreme Court on Thursday.


Balance of powers and sales taxes on food at stake in Idaho court case

When Idaho’s legislative and executive branches face off in court on June 15, much will be at stake.


UPDATED: Mon., May 22, 2017, 11:30 p.m.

Idaho Supreme Court limits issues in grocery tax case

The Idaho Supreme Court on Monday limited the issues that the state can address in its upcoming arguments over Gov. Butch Otter’s disputed veto of legislation to repeal the state’s …


UPDATED: Fri., May 5, 2017, 8:08 p.m.

Court: Otter can intervene in arguments over grocery tax repeal veto

Idaho Gov. Butch Otter’s petition to intervene in the lawsuit challenging his veto of the grocery tax repeal bill was granted Friday by the Idaho Supreme Court.


UPDATED: Wed., May 3, 2017, 11:03 p.m.

Otter files to intervene in grocery tax case, defend his veto of repeal bill

Idaho Gov. Butch Otter filed to intervene Wednesday in a lawsuit in which his veto of a grocery tax repeal bill is being challenged by state lawmakers, saying it’s both …


Idaho governor asks court to get involved in veto lawsuit

Gov. Butch Otter is asking the Idaho Supreme Court for permission to get involved in a lawsuit challenging how long a governor has to veto legislation.


Eye on Boise: Only in Idaho have lawmakers changed school science standards on climate change

It turns out that Idaho is the only state in which legislators have successfully removed references to climate change from school science standards.


UPDATED: Wed., April 26, 2017, 10:07 p.m.

Idaho court orders fixes to grocery tax veto lawsuit, or it’ll be dismissed

The Idaho Supreme Court issued an order Wednesday morning in the challenge by 30 state lawmakers to Gov. Butch Otter’s veto of the grocery tax repeal bill, ordering procedural problems …


Grocery tax repeal veto prompts debate in Idaho over powers of Legislature, governor

After Idaho Gov. Butch Otter vetoed a popular bill to remove the state’s 6 percent sales tax from groceries, North Idaho Sen. Steve Vick is renewing his push to change …


UPDATED: Wed., April 12, 2017, 11:06 p.m.

Idaho lawmakers challenge veto of grocery tax repeal

Two lawmakers from eastern Idaho say Gov. Butch Otter missed the deadline to veto legislation that would have repealed the 6 percent sales tax on groceries.


UPDATED: Mon., March 27, 2017, 10:24 p.m.

Idaho lawmakers back repeal of sales tax on groceries, send bill to Gov. Otter

Idaho would repeal its 6 percent sales tax on groceries on June 1, 2018, if Gov. Butch Otter doesn’t veto the bill – but he’s hinted he might well. The …


UPDATED: Wed., March 22, 2017, 4:51 p.m.

Idaho Senate backs grocery tax repeal, 25-10

Idaho would remove its 6 percent sales tax from groceries in June 2018, if legislation passed by the Idaho Senate on a decisive 25-10 vote Wednesday becomes law.


Bill repealing sales tax on groceries clears Idaho Senate

The Idaho Senate has approved legislation repealing the state’s taxation on groceries despite receiving strong opposition from both Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter and legislative leaders.


UPDATED: Sat., March 18, 2017, 11:09 p.m.

Eye on Boise: Idaho tax coffers to get a boost from Amazon deal; Otter opposes grocery tax repeal

With the news that Amazon will begin collecting state sales tax from Idaho shoppers starting on April 1, Idaho’s state general fund coffers stand to gain $15 million to $30 …


Otter: Don’t repeal the grocery tax

Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter says Idaho lawmakers should not repeal the state’s grocery tax, adding that he sees no reason to change the current system.


UPDATED: Fri., March 17, 2017, 7:25 a.m.

In surprise action, Idaho Senate votes to repeal state’s 6% tax on groceries

In a showdown on the floor of the Idaho Senate, backers of removing the state’s 6 percent sales tax from groceries successfully held off a series of amendments proposed by …


UPDATED: Wed., March 15, 2017, 10:52 p.m.

Idaho House, Senate near compromise on tax cuts

A compromise is emerging between the Idaho House and the Senate on tax cuts, as lawmakers push to wrap up this year’s legislative session.


UPDATED: Thu., March 2, 2017, 10:31 p.m.

Lawmakers step up push to repeal Idaho’s sales tax on groceries

Eighteen senators and representatives gathered for a news conference Thursday to press for repealing Idaho’s 6 percent sales tax on groceries – and announced that they’re up to 48 cosponsors …


Idaho House passes sweeping tax reforms

BOISE – The Idaho House endorsed sweeping tax changes Monday that would increase taxes for middle-income Idahoans and cut taxes for the state’s wealthiest, according to two new analyses. The …


Idaho bill raises gas tax, cuts grocery sales tax and credit

BOISE – Idaho House Republican leaders introduced complicated legislation Wednesday to make big changes in Idaho’s tax system – lowering the top income tax rate, removing the sales tax from …


Grocery tax credit hike may be held

BOISE – Idaho Gov. Butch Otter would consider delaying a scheduled increase in the state’s grocery tax credit, possibly saving the state from another $15 million-plus in budget cuts next …


Otter signs grocery tax credit legislation

BOISE – Idahoans still will pay a 6 percent sales tax whenever they buy groceries, but now they’ll get more of that money back later – especially if they’re poor. …