The Idaho Chamber Alliance met in Meridian this week to plan how to influence the legislature. The Chamber of Commerce is a private special interest lobbying group–not officially connected with government.
The alliance consists of 21 chambers of commerce from across Idaho, including Boise Metro, Eagle, Garden City, Gem County, Kuna, Meridian and Nampa.
Their legislative priority list, from a news release:
–Initiatives to create jobs
–The reduction of the Corporate Income Tax to make the Idaho more competitive in attracting business. Idaho’s is one of the highest in the region.
–The rebuilding and expansion of our transportation and infrastructure, including the Meridian Interchange.
–Local Option Tax. That’s where local governments can ask voters to approve taxes to pay for infrastructure improvements.
This is in keeping with the Chamber philosophy that businesses will locate in the area based on low taxes and how much local governments will give away.
They claim the worker bees will take care of the taxes out of the wages earned. The GUARDIAN has long opposed that plan and the current economic and job situation has certainly proven to be flawed.
Read more: http://voices.idahostatesman.com/2011/09/21/idahopolitics/idaho_chambers_want_tax_corporate_tax_cuts_more_jobs_and_roads_l#ixzz1YhUx7NDv
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