By Melissa Davlin, Idaho Reports
Rumors began circulating late last week of a potential special legislative session to consider tax rebates or cuts after Idaho reported ending last fiscal year with a $1.4 billion surplus. On Monday, Betsy Russell of the Idaho Press reported Gov. Brad Little “has not ruled out” a special session.
In an Aug. 2 interview with Idaho Reports, Little demurred when asked about a special session to address rising gas prices and other costs for Idahoans, pointing to tax cuts from the 2022 regular session. Little said tax cuts are a top priority for the 2023 Legislature, should he be re-elected, but pointed to rebates Idahoans had already received this year.
“Whatever you paid in taxes last year, you got 12 percent of it back. Matter of fact, that 12 percent came right as that fuel (cost rose),” Little said. “I was ahead of the game. We’d already made the determination, myself and the Legislature, to give that 12 percent back.”
“It would have been a windfall had it not been for inflation,” Little continued. “But instead of a windfall, it was exactly what people needed to compensate.”
Over the weekend, Idaho Reports reached out to House Speaker Scott Bedke and Senate President Pro Tem Chuck Winder. Winder didn’t return a request for comment, and Bedke declined to comment.
The upcoming season of Idaho Reports begins Oct. 7.