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Taxing for Taxing's Sake
What kind of small-government guy is Butch Otter?
A few days ago, Butch Otter told the Idaho Statesman that highway funding concerns necessitate an extra $200 million in tax increases. "Folks, I'm sorry, but we've got to have it," he says.
Wait a minute, don't we have $282 million moldering away in "rainy day" funds right now?
Didn't we have a $200 million surplus?
Couldn't we save $15 million a year by privatizing the Idaho liquor industry, and use that on highways?
We don't have to have it, especially in light of the 20 percent sales tax increase intended to offset property taxes (Note to Jim Risch: it didn't work). We have the means to do address our highway issues now without raising taxes. C'mon, work with us people.