Senate could seek as much as $170 million in tax and fee hikes

Dustin Hurst Headlines

The Idaho Senate could seek as much as $170 million in tax and fee hikes to fund Idaho road and bridge repair, according to a document sent to IdahoReporter.com Thursday. The package, still in the works, could include a 7-cent gas tax hike, a new auto insurance premium tax and increases to auto and truck registration fees, plus some sort …

Senate committee clears tax package, but final test remains

Dustin Hurst Headlines

A tax package that could bring the end of the 2015 legislative session cleared one of its remaining hurdles Tuesday, but a final rest remains. The Senate Transportation Committee cleared the plan, which would end Idaho’s grocery tax, cut top income taxes from 7.4 percent to 6.7 percent and hike gas taxes by 7 cents a gallon, on a 7 …

Lawmakers hike fees by $20 million, find other cash for roads

Dustin Hurst Headlines

New funding for Idaho’s roads and bridges keeps coming, piece after piece. During Monday’s House floor session, members endorsed two bills that could provide as much as $46 million in new road money, a need lawmakers wanted to address during their work this year. The votes to raise up to $46 million came just hours after lawmakers supported a complex tax …

Dems complain, three Republicans defect as House clears tax package

Dustin Hurst Headlines

The Idaho House voted 53 to 17 Monday to end Idaho’s taxes on grocery, raise the state’s gas tax by 7 cents and provide steep cuts to income tax rates. House Democrats provided all the testimony against the package, which is the brainchild of House Majority Leader Mike Moyle, R-Star. House Speaker Scott Bedke, R-Oakley, is also a co-sponsor. Rep. …

House panel approves tax bill as session winds down

Dustin Hurst Headlines

On a party line vote Friday morning, the House Revenue and Taxation Committee approved a plan to cut income taxes, raise funds for road repairs and repeal Idaho’s grocery tax. The bill, sponsored by House Majority Leader Mike Moyle, would serve as a $15 million tax hike in 2016, but then would cut taxes significantly in following years. How important …

Income, grocery tax proposal deserves support

Wayne Hoffman Articles

A proposal in the Idaho House of Representatives would do great things for Idaho’s economy and workers. House Bill 311 would get rid of the state’s silly system of taxing groceries. Equally important, it would lower the top marginal income tax rate from the stratospheric 7.4 percent to a much more respectable 6.7 percent. By eliminating the tax on groceries, …