The GUARDIAN is still here, but there isn’t much new to share.
Even the Statesman has resorted to devoting the front page to news that’s 100 years old–featuring Kuna and Eagle history books that have apparently hit the stores recently.
Legislature is in town, Boise State football is over, Repubs and Tea Party still don’t like ObamaCare. Weather jocks didn’t see the snow coming in the Valley, Bogus Basin needs snow. ACHD has used up a good portion of their sand, salt and de-icer with just a single storm. Same old, same old.
Lots of talk about ending the oppressive and unfair Personal Property Tax, but no good ideas about how to make up for revenues the counties will lose. Rural areas like Caribou County get better than 40% of tax revenue from the tax while Ada brings in about 8% of its cash from it. Some of our morning coffee old-timers suggest if there is a local option, the option should be whether or not to have a personal property tax. That way the pro business lobby will have to convince commissioners of 44 counties and countless cities, costing much more than just making payments to legislators.
The idea has merit. Bois-Ada could dump the tax (with voter approval) and if politicos are to be believed, they would attract lots of new businesses that pay high wages and stimulate the economy. A sales tax would benefit only the major population centers and merely increase the cost of groceries, clothing, and retail goods, no doubt tempting shoppers to cross state lines for lower taxes in Oregon.
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