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How tax-cut proposals can have price tags…

I’ve had a couple of people question the premise of my reporting on the price tag of tax-cut proposals from the GOP candidates for governor – can a proposal like that have a price tag? The answer is yes. State economists compare the amount of...

Study shows Idaho’s overall taxes are lowest in the region, 48th in nation

Even as Idaho politicians continue to call for tax cuts, a new state study shows Idaho’s overall taxes are the lowest in the region and rank 48th in the nation. The annual Tax Burden Study, which the Idaho State Tax Commission has prepared each year since the 1970s, shows that Idaho’s total state and local tax burden...

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The governor of Idaho has vetoed a legislative measure that would have repealed the state's 6 percent sales tax on groceries, the AP reports.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...

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...

Grocery tax repeal bill to get House committee review

HB 67a, the grocery tax repeal bill, will be referred to a House committee for a review of the Senate amendments, House Speaker Scott Bedke says. The committee then would typically make a recommendation to the full House to either concur not concur in the...