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The Idaho League of Women Voters is wasting its time with an initiative campaign to reform the sales tax and turn more money loose for public schools.

So says the smart money.

You can see why.

The proposal takes about 20 pages to explain how it would lower the overall rate from 6 to 5 percent, eliminate 22 sales tax exemptions, expand the tax to a dozen services and in the process generate about $424 million more each year for education.

As a rule of thumb, the longer and more complex an idea, the more likely people will run away from it.

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TWIN FALLS, Id. -- The League of Women Voters of Idaho is working to get more money for education and is asking for your help through an initiative to change the law on state sales tax.

The state legislature cannot fund Idaho schools adequately because there is not enough money in the treasury. This is due to many sales tax exemptions such as heavy interstate trucks, Idaho National Labs, and funeral caskets.

The League of Women Voters of Idaho have an initiative to change the law and eliminate those 22 sales tax exemptions and add sales tax to 12 services that are not now taxed, like construction services, repair services, and lottery tickets.

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When the Idaho Legislature convenes next month, it will have to place its bets on the sales tax, just as the League of Women Voters already has.

The reason is a proposed initiative just released by the Idaho League of Women Voters “reducing the sales tax rate and broadening the sales tax base.” It does that most basically, by reducing the overall rate from six percent to five, and by extending the coverage of the tax to include not just many goods but also many services, which generally have been exempt.

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BOISE – The League of Women Voters of Idaho is launching a ballot initiative drive to lower Idaho’s sales tax from 6 percent to 5 percent, while eliminating some exemptions and expanding the tax to cover most services.

The changes would raise $424 million more a year that could be spent on schools.

If the measure makes the 2016 ballot, it would give voters a chance to restructure Idaho’s exemption-riddled sales tax system. Idaho’s 6 percent sales tax currently raises about $1.5 billion a year in gross collections, while the amount of exemptions is tallied at more than $2 billion, according to the state Division of Financial Management.

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IDAHO FALLS, Idaho - It sounds like a dream come true for some, a lower sales tax.

The Idaho league of women voters is trying to do exactly that, by lowering the sales tax from 6% to 5%.

“It's one of the easiest ways to get revenue,” said Carolyn Abbott, a member of the League of Women Voters.

They believe this could solve the ongoing problem to funding Idaho schools- by gaining more than $400 million.

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The League of Women Voters of Idaho is launching a ballot initiative drive to lower Idaho’s sales tax from 6 percent to 5 percent and eliminate some exemptions.

The changes would raise $424 million more a year that could be spent on schools, the Spokesman Review in Spokane reports.

If the measure makes the 2016 ballot, it would give voters a chance to restructure Idaho’s exemption-riddled sales tax system. Idaho’s 6 percent sales tax raises about $1.5 billion a year in gross collections, while the amount of exemptions is more than $2 billion, according to the state Division of Financial Management.

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BOISE, Idaho (KBOI) - A group called Fair Share Idaho wants to lower the sales tax in the state, and at the same time, strengthen the tax base.

The group, formed by the League of Women Voters, has started a petition to get their proposal on the ballot for the 2016 general election. It would not only drop sales tax from 6 percent to 5 percent, but would also eliminate many tax-exempt goods and services.

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P.O. Box 7018
Boise, Idaho 83707

208.488.2070 

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