Idaho leaders back at odds over grocery tax
BOISE, Idaho — Idaho Gov. Butch Otter sent a clear message to leaders and residents Wednesday in Boise at the Associated Taxpayers of Idaho annual conference. According to reports by the Spokesman-Review, Governor Otter warned that he still opposed repeal of Idaho’s grocery tax. He told the audience that the money from the tax was “the most stable and predictable source we have.”
This comes after an ongoing battle over whether the legislature should remove the state’s 6% sales tax from groceries. Idaho is one of only seven states in the U.S. that fully applies its sales tax to groceries.
During last year’s legislative session, state leaders passed legislation to remove the tax. The governor vetoed the legislation once it reached his desk, sparking a lengthy legal battle.
Many analysts expect renewed discussion about the grocery tax when lawmakers return to Boise in January.
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