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Statesman: Detour Past Legislature

The voter initiative law allows Idahoans to bypass a stubborn or unresponsive Legislature. When it comes to local-option sales taxes, those adjectives apply perfectly. Lawmakers have spent years finding new reasons and new justifications for saying no — because, evidently, they don’t trust local elected officials and voters to make informed decisions. So it should be no surprise that some business leaders are considering an initiative to put the local-option question on the 2012 ballot. The only surprise, really, is that it took this long to reach this point. After all, three years have passed since the Legislature’s last heavy-handed attempt at micromanagement/Kevin Richert, Idaho Statesman Editorial Board. More here.

Question: Do you support the concept of local-option tax?

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D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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