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Otter sends warning: He still opposes repeal of Idaho’s grocery tax

Gov. Butch Otter drew a line in the sand Wednesday, warning that he’s still firmly opposed to removing Idaho’s 6 percent sales tax from groceries. Last year, lawmakers passed legislation to do just that – by a 2/3 margin – and Otter vetoed it. Lawmakers sued, but failed to get the veto overturned; my full story...

Idaho justices hear arguments in grocery tax case

Four Idaho Supreme Court justices had sharp questions for both sides, as they heard arguments Thursday in a court challenge to Gov. Butch Otter’s veto of legislation repealing the state’s sales tax on groceries. Bryan Smith, attorney for a group of 30 legislators who wanted the tax repealed and sued to invalidate the veto, came away confident.

Idaho Courts: Balance of powers and food sales tax

When Idaho’s legislative and executive branches face off in court on June 15, much will be at stake. First, there’s the fate of the state’s unpopular 6 percent sales tax on groceries. If the group of 30 lawmakers who sued wins the case, the tax would go away, following a two-year phaseout.

Idaho Supreme Court limits issues in grocery tax case

The Idaho Supreme Court on Monday limited the issues that the state can address in its upcoming arguments over Gov. Butch Otter’s disputed veto of legislation to repeal the state’s 6 percent sales tax on groceries, saying only the veto – not the constitutionality of the bill – will be argued.

Of legislative rules, vetoes and time limits…

Rep. Judy Boyle, R-Midvale, is taking issue with something I said on Friday’s “Idaho Reports” program, when I said there’s “no limit” on how long the Legislature takes to present a bill to the governor, and she’s got a good point. As Boyle points out, in the Joint Rules of the Senate and House...