IACI: Legislature fell short on personal property tax repeal, health care reform

Mitch Coffman Headlines

Founded in 1974 with a merger of the Idaho State Chambers and the Associated Industries of Idaho, the Idaho Association of the Commerce and Industry (IACI) is generally regarded as the most influential and involved business lobbying organization in the state. It counts nearly 300 businesses as part of its organization. Now headed by Alex LaBeau, the group was once …

Key committee rejects online sales tax initiative again, but support may be growing

Dustin Hurst Headlines

For many years, supporters of allowing states to tax online sales have brought legislation to begin that process, but they have never received at-length hearings on their bills. This year, they got the hearing, but not the committee approval they sought, though it appears there is growing support to the initiative among legislators. The House Revenue and Taxation Committee rejected …

Eliminating personal property tax takes center stage during economic conditions hearing

Mitch Coffman Headlines

A joint committee meeting of the House Revenue and Taxation Committee and the Senate Local Government and Taxation Committee heard testimony on Wednesday on what could be done to stimulate economic conditions in Idaho. Seven people testified, primarily representing the state’s largest business and agricultural interests. Gov. Butch Otter has proposed a number of tax relief ideas with the intent …

Idaho health insurance carriers could be used in federal exchange

Dustin Hurst Headlines

Proponents of the state-based health insurance exchange may have just had the air let out of one of their main arguments against the federal government creating one for Idaho. Gov. Butch Otter told the Idaho Chamber Alliance Monday that he received confirmation from the federal government that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services would use Gem State insurance …

IACI president firm on getting rid of personal property tax

Mitch Coffman Headlines

Earlier this week, presentations were given in the Senate Local Government and Taxation Committee regarding the repeal of the personal property tax. The hearing was to receive input on the Entin Study, commissioned by the Idaho Association of Commerce & Industry (IACI) in 2007 to determine the impact of repealing the tax, which, for example, requires businesses to assess and …

IACI defends website, phone calls opposing Allred

Idaho Freedom Foundation staff Headlines

The Idaho business organization behind a website and thousands of automated phone calls criticizing Keith Allred, a Democratic candidate for governor, defends all the statements that Allred’s campaign has called dirty politics.  The campaign arm of the Idaho Association of Commerce and Industry (IACI), the Idaho Prosperity Fund, created the website AllredInk.com calling Allred’s proposal to use higher tax revenue …