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Tax-cut debate, vote on tap in Senate…

The Idaho Senate has reconvened after a break for party caucuses, and the next item on its agenda is HB 463, the big House-passed income tax cut bill. You can watch live here.

Senate tax panel opens hearing on House-passed tax cut plan

The Senate Tax Committee has just begun its hearing on HB 463, the governor’s tax-cut bill, which earlier passed the House on a straight party-line vote. Senate President Pro-Tem Brent Hill, R-Rexburg, is presenting the bill to the Senate panel. You can listen live here...

House panel kills Senate tax chairman’s alternative tax-cut bill

The House Revenue & Taxation Committee today killed Sen. Dan Johnson’s alternative tax-cut bill, dumping the Senate tax chairman’s proposal with only one vote in favor of the bill – from House Minority Leader Mat Erpelding, D-Boise. Johnson’s bill, HB 558, took Gov. Butch Otter’s...

House committee sees flurry of tax proposals

The House Revenue and Taxation Committee introduced more than half a dozen new tax policy bills Monday, including two alternatives to the governor's tax cut plan. Today's Lewiston Tribune has a rundown of all of them, including one that could reverse an Idaho Supreme Court decision regarding taxes on Simplot's JUMP building...

House passes tax-cut bill on straight party-line vote

After more than an hour’s debate and two unsuccessful motions, the House has voted 59-11 – a straight party-line vote, with all Republicans voting yes and all Democrats voting no – to pass HB 463, the governor’s income tax-cut bill. House Majority Leader Mike Moyle,...

Move to amend tax-cut bill fails, 24-46

As the House debates HB 463, the governor’s income tax-cut bill, Rep. Heather Scott, R-Blanchard, interrupted with a motion to send the bill to general orders for amendment. Scott said she wanted the bill sent to the amending order “to add grocery tax repeal and...

Senate tax chairman working on alternative to governor’s tax-cut bill

Idaho Sen. Dan Johnson, R-Lewiston, is working on an alternative to the governor's $202 million tax cut bill that could actually provide more net tax relief for Idaho families, the Lewiston Tribune reports. It would change the way the state conforms with the federal tax reforms and how income tax rates are handled...

Brad Schiller: The biggest tax cuts in history? Let’s double-check that

Now we’re firmly in the selling phase of the Republican tax plan, and President Donald Trump’s constant refrain is that the cuts are “the biggest in history.” History doesn’t quite support his claim. Ever since 1913, when the states ratified the 16th Amendment and thereby allowed Congress to levy an income tax, rates have been on a wild roller-coaster ride. The top rate on both individuals and corporations started at a mere 1 percent. Just two years later, Congress jacked up the top rate on individuals to 77 percent and the corporate rate to 12 percent. The rationale was the need to finance World War I. Wartime necessity was the primary justification for later tax hikes as well, including the jump to a top individual rate of 94 percent in 1944 and to a top corporate rate of 50.75 percent in 1951.