Rep. Bill Sali, R-Kuna, who’s running for Congress, just spoke out in favor of the governor’s tax bill on the House floor. The bill lowers property taxes and raises the sales tax. “This is not exactly the way I would do it,” Sali said. “There is more that will be done in the next legislative session, but this measure is something that we can do today.” He said he “commends” the governor and legislative leaders for calling the session and bringing the legislation before lawmakers.
Sali’s Democratic opponent in the congressional race, Larry Grant, had called on him to oppose the bill as a tax increase. Grant backs the Democratic alternative plan, which would grant property tax relief to homeowners using this year’s surplus funds, but wouldn’t raise the sales tax.