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Eye On Boise archive for Feb. 3, 2011

THURSDAY, FEB. 3, 2011




Otter names Tippets to Senate seat

Idaho Gov. Butch Otter has named former state Rep. John Tippets, R-Bennington, to the Senate seat that opened up when former Sen. Bob Geddes, R-Soda Springs, was named chairman of the state Tax Commission. Click below to read Otter's full announcement.

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Second school reform bill: 61 pages

Jason Hancock, aide to state schools Supt. Tom Luna, has begun presenting the second bill in Luna's school reform package, which stretches for 61 pages and includes increasing class sizes throughout the state and eliminating hundreds of teaching jobs.

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Job tax credit bill held up for fixes

The Idaho Chamber Alliance proposed legislation this morning for a new refundable tax credit for new jobs, at 4 percent of gross wages. But amid questions in the House Rev & Tax Committee, the bill was held for fixes. The statement of purpose said the…

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'Increasing revenue without raising taxes' 

The first year of a four-year, phased-in tax compliance initiative doubled its goal, state Tax Commissioner David Langhorst told JFAC this morning. In fiscal year 2010, $1.5 million in budget stabilization funds was spent to hire 41 temporary staff in audits and collections, with a…

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Of tax compliance and state revenue...

At the state Tax Commission, "voluntary compliance" means people pay their taxes as required by law, without the commission having to go after them through audits, collections and enforcement to get them to pay up. In 2010, the state collected $2.78 billion through that "voluntary…

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