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Erpelding urges Otter to sign grocery tax repeal bill

Idaho House Minority Leader Mat Erpelding, responding to Gov. Butch Otter’s press conference yesterday on this year’s Idaho legislative session, is urging Otter to sign the grocery tax repeal bill into law.

“This is a tax cut that will help tens of thousands of working Idahoans and give an economic boost to towns along our borders who lose shoppers every day to out-of-state stores who don’t have to charge sales tax on groceries,” Erpelding said in a statement. “I urge the governor to do what is best for so many Idahoans and sign House Bill 67.  The state needs to keep its hands out of people’s grocery bags.”

Erpelding also said many of the accomplishments that Otter touted were “Democratic accomplishments and ideals,” from improving teacher pay and recruitment to measures to keep invasive quagga and zebra mussels out of the state. “Obviously we are heartened by the governor embracing Democratic principles this session and we hope he continues to do so next year,” Erpelding said.

Betsy Z. Russell
Betsy Z. Russell joined The Spokesman-Review in 1991. She currently is a reporter in the Boise Bureau covering Idaho state government and politics, and other news from Idaho's state capital.

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