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Idaho Gov. Otter wants more education improvements, tax cuts

Idaho Gov. Butch Otter, in his annual address to the business community on Wednesday, touted the state’s current economic growth and said it’s proof his strategy during the recession worked, including refraining from raising taxes. And Otter outlined his top priorities for his final legislative session next year: Education and tax cuts...

Idaho Gov. Otter wants more education improvements, tax cuts

Idaho Gov. Butch Otter, in his annual address to the business community on Wednesday, touted the state’s current economic growth and said it’s proof his strategy during the recession worked, including refraining from raising taxes.

Kansas governor denounces decision to kill his 2012 tax cuts

The day after the tax cuts he’s long championed were defeated by the Republican-dominated Kansas Legislature, Gov. Sam Brownback denounced the decision by lawmakers in a speech and then quickly walked from the room, refusing to answer questions from reporters.

Pelosi: No debt limit increase to reward rich with tax cuts

WASHINGTON – Top House Democrat Nancy Pelosi says GOP leaders shouldn’t take for granted that Democrats will vote to increase the government’s borrowing cap. Pelosi told reporters Friday that she has no “intention of supporting lifting the debt ceiling to enable the Republicans to give another tax break to the wealthy.”

Trump tax plan leaves Congress, Ryan with heavy lift

President Donald Trump’s tax plan leaves much of the heavy lifting to Congress, while ignoring years of hard work by the guy who will have to do a lot of that lifting: House Speaker Paul Ryan.

Nate, Zollinger say Otter missed veto deadline on grocery tax bill, threaten to sue

Two eastern Idaho state representatives and a former GOP congressional candidate are threatening to sue to overturn Gov. Butch Otter’s veto of the grocery tax repeal bill, contending it occurred after the deadline and the bill actually became law without Otter’s signature, reports Melissa Davlin of Idaho Public Television. You can read Davlin’s...

Otter vetoes grocery tax repeal, saying costs ‘too high’

The governor of Idaho has vetoed a legislative measure that would have repealed the state's 6 percent sales tax on groceries, the AP reports. Gov. Butch Otter rejected the tax repeal Tuesday evening. Otter wrote in his veto message that the costs of the proposal are too high and the potential for imminent financial need too great...

Senate kills SB 1195a, House-amended tax bill

The Senate has voted 5-29 on SB 1195a, the tax bill that was amended in the House, failing to concur with the changes the House made to the bill and killing it instead. SB 1195 was a bill to cut the unemployment insurance tax rate,...

House passes grocery tax repeal on 51-19 vote

The House has voted 51-19 in favor of HB 67a, the bill to remove Idaho’s 6 percent sales tax on groceries. Rep. Brent Crane, R-Nampa, spoke out in favor of the bill. “I think it’s immoral. I think it’s wrong to tax people on their...