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Render Unto Caesar, Don’t Tax our Wealth

Senator Phil Graham is the Former Chairman of the US Senate Banking Committee. Prior to going into politics he was an economics professor at Texas A&M. I follow his writings in various news outlets including the Wall Street Journal. Yesterday he wrote about the story that broke last week in ProPublica about billionaires in our […]

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Why You’re Better off Not Working

Two common cries often heard in liberal progressive quarters are that capitalism produces inequalities and inequities and the corollary argument that income inequality has been growing over the past 30 years because of capitalistic policies. Many years ago University of Chicago economist Casey Mulligan began addressing these issues by pointing out that we should not […]

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Crapo, Risch Introduce “State Fiscal Flexibility Act”

Crapo, Risch Introduce “State Fiscal Flexibility Act” Bill would prevent federal government from banning state tax cuts WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Mike Crapo (R-Idaho), Ranking Member of the Senate Finance Committee, and U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho) have introduced the “State Fiscal Flexibility Act,” a bill to eliminate a provision in the American Rescue […]

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Rep. Ron Nate Calls for Grocery Tax Repeal

Dateline: BOISE, IDAHO, February 2021 — When you hit the neighborhood grocery store to do your weekly shopping trip for eggs, milk, bread, fruits and other staples, you pay the cost of the groceries plus an additional 6% in state sales tax which goes into the state general fund. The grocery tax brings in about […]

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Who are the Lobbyists trying to Kill the Grocery Tax Repeal?

Idahoans have been wondering why, after all the promises by our governor and legislators to repeal the grocery tax, all such attempts have been stopped in committee. We did a little digging and found someone we consider a credible source who told us that allegedly Albertsons, AARP and Idaho legislative representatives from the Pocatello and […]

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Axe the Tax on Groceries

Government is an over-achiever in collecting taxes on nearly everything we do. It’s hard to imagine anything in our everyday life that is not taxed. We are taxed for our homes, our property, our cars, our purchases, our earnings, our investments, and even after death. This year Idaho has a great opportunity to eliminate taxes […]

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It’s an Election Year – Let’s Dump the Bad Apples

Here is what we see so far in the legislature We would like to thank Representative Priscilla Giddings for trying to bring up the Grocery Tax repeal in committee but unfortunately, she was shut down by Representative Gary Collins and Thyra Stevenson. It appears that these two supposed conservative republicans have either become part of […]

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Senator Rice’s Proposal for Higher Sales Tax is Bad for Idahoans

Don’t Give up your Right to Vote No on School Levies Well folks, as we said a week ago on the Kevin Miller show, expect the legislature to raise taxes but we never thought they would be so stupid as to try to do it this quickly but heck it’s not their money. Senator Jim […]

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Could Little’s Budget Cuts Mean Higher Taxes on the Horizion?

Governor Little has asked all state agencies to cut their budgets by 1% for this year and 2% for next because of falling tax revenues. He has also asked our state colleges to cut their budgets by 1% this year and 2% next year. The only budgets that were not cut were those connected with […]

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Let’s Talk Turkey on Taxes

First, I would like to chime in on some of your comments about the legislature and how they do a lot of talking but when it comes to cutting their bloated budgets and reducing taxes, they are nothing but a flock of lame ducks. Let’s be honest; most of them have yet to prove themselves […]

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Vote NO on the Canyon County Jail Bond

After three rejected bond attempts for a new jail, Canyon County Commissioners Tom Dale and Pam White are once again pursuing a fourth bond for a new jail to be located on the county-owned Notus property. Commissioners Dale and White decided to spend $250,000 for the DLR group to develop a proposal for a new […]

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Mother America…the Shabby Shepherd

It occurred to me in a lightbulb moment, that my taxes over fifty years of income earning have been re-directed first to two segments of America: 1) 568 tribal governments representing less than 1 million Americans; and 2) 11 million+ illegal immigrants. Taxpayers (Givers) don’t even get a thank-you note for annually funding these Takers. […]