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Bayer’s closing comments to Rev & Tax on taxing groceries: ‘Not the best policy - it is a necessity’

In his closing comments to the House Rev & Tax Committee, Sen. Cliff Bayer, R-Boise, said of the current 6 percent sales tax on groceries, “It’s not the best policy in the sense that it is a necessity. … It can become a dire necessity.” He added, “I would point out that from other calculations, my own personal assessment and that of many third-party groups, is that the fiscal note is high.”

After Rep. Mike Moyle, R-Star, referred to the increase in the revenue-sharing percentage to cities and counties in the bill as a “windfall,” Bayer said, “I would not depict it as a windfall. I would depict it as a genuine depiction of the revenue implications.” He said the reason for adjusting revenue-sharing while taking the tax off groceries is “to avoid an inadvertent tax shift.”

He said, "There are moral arguments, there are what's equitable and fair, and there are also economic arguments."

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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