Rep. Ron Nate: Massive state surplus enables grocery tax repeal this year

February 12, 2021

State Rep. Ron Nate, R-Rexburg, told a crowd gathered at the Idaho Capitol Thursday that the state's massive budget surplus, estimated at more than $662 million, enables lawmakers to end the state's tax on groceries.

The grocery tax repeal has long served as a popular policy for conservative lawmakers, who believe the change would benefit Idaho families and small border community businesses. No state around Idaho taxes groceries as much as the Gem State, and most of the adjoining states do not tax them at all.

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