Free theFood by Idaho State Rep Ron Nate
The battle for real tax relief in Idaho continued in the past week. House bill H509 came to the floor for a vote. The bill increases the (food) income tax credit by $20 per person for your year 2023 taxes. This increase supposedly offsets higher taxes we pay on food. Because it’s applied to your 2023 taxes, you would not get the credit until 2024. Does this sound like the kind of tax relief you and your family needs to get you through the Biden inflation you’re enduring right now?
I’m with you, $20 is insulting and it shouldn’t make any of us happy with what the legislature is doing, especially when Idaho is still sitting on a $1.9 billion surplus! I made a motion to send the bill to the amendment process so we could include a full repeal of grocery taxes. But, trying to send a bill to amendments is a big “no no” in the Idaho capitol. Leaders in the Idaho House argued to reject the amendment motion and, sure enough, many legislators afraid of the “big bosses” caved, so it failed on a 26-41 vote.
In the meantime, a bill I already submitted for repealing the grocery tax (H448) sits in the Chairman’s drawer in the Ways & Means Committee. I will keep doing everything I can to end the tax on food by bringing the bill to the floor for a vote. I am confident the majority of the House supports repealing the tax on food, but it’s apparent that House leaders are more concerned about the appearance of House conservatives “winning” than in doing what is right for all of Idaho. If you think repealing the tax on food is what your family truly needs, and you want to see a vote on it, please contact the Chairman of the House Ways & Means Committee, Rep. Paul Amador, and the Chairman of the House Revenue & Taxation Committee, Rep. Steve Harris.
Let’s Free the Food!!