Sales tax on Girl Scout cookies, on sodas sold by band boosters at high school football games, even sales tax on tickets to public radio events: all are what are being termed “unforeseen consequences of the suspension of sales tax exemption.”

That’s the so-called “cleaning” of the sales tax pennies passed during the first special session, earlier this year.

“The idea is to put all these various groups back the way they were before that session,” Senator J.P. Morrell explains.


House Ways and Means narrowly advanced one more revenue-raising bill Wednesday, reducing individual state itemized deductions to 57.5 percent of that allowed on federal returns -- maybe.

“If we end up with excess revenue, through any other source, this provision will be null and void everybody will get 100%. We will use the other money instead,” Ways and Means chair Neil Abramson explained.

Either, Or

Jun 15, 2016
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The Senate Revenue and Fiscal Affairs committee took testimony Wednesday on a different idea from Republican Senator Rick Ward, making businesses choose which tax credits to give up.

"For that small group of businesses out there that receive the Industrial Tax Exemption along with the Inventory Tax Credit," explains Ward, "this bill [SB 10] seeks to really allow them to take one or the other.” 

A Matter of Trust

Jun 15, 2016
Sue Lincoln

While the Senate was hoping for more revenue-raising bills to work on this week, the House took Tuesday off – though it appears lawmakers are getting back to work today. This morning, Senate Revenue and Fiscal Affairs will be doing the few bills they have received from the House, including amending and voting on HB 2, the Capital Outlay bill.

Sue Lincoln

The State Capitol was quiet Tuesday morning. The House is taking the day off. But, there’s still a price tag attached for taxpayers.

"Legislators are paid a per diem amount for every session day. It’s $157 a day," says House Clerk Butch Speer.