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Edit: Bad news for tax cutters

In a Lewiston Tribune editorial Monday, Opinion Editor Marty Trillhaase comments:

If the Idaho legislators contemplating another round of tax cuts were seeking encouragement from last week's Associated Taxpayers of Idaho conference, they clearly came to wrong place. Released at the traditional opening of Idaho's legislative season, an ATI-commissioned poll showed these tax-cutting efforts lack public support. Among the findings pollster Joe Goode delivered: 70 percent believe Idaho's tax system is fair. "The 70 percent number is as high as I've seen, in terms of the tax system being fair," Goode said. But it's not without justification. In terms of distributing the tax burden equally among rich and poor alike, the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy ranks Idaho's balanced system of sales, income and property taxes as fifth best in the country. More here.

Question: Does Idaho need to cut income taxes for higher tax brackets and personal property taxes for Idaho businesses, in view of this report that says Idahoans are satisfied with the fairness of their tax system?

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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