April tax revenues for Idaho exceed $1 billion, major surplus expected

By Ruth Brown, Idaho Reports April tax revenues for the state exceeded $1 billion for the first time in Idaho history. The Division of Financial Management  reported that with more than $1.229 billion recorded in April, state revenues came in at $574 million more than predicted.  Of that amount collected, individual income tax was $308Continue reading “April tax revenues for Idaho exceed $1 billion, major surplus expected”

What were those library tech grants for?

By Melissa Davlin, Idaho Reports After contentious debates over whether libraries are allowing children to access obscene materials, it’s easy to gloss over the $3.5 million in technology grants that the Joint Finance-Appropriations Committee removed from the Commission for Libraries budget in an attempt to get the bill through the House. But what would thoseContinue reading “What were those library tech grants for?”

What’s this “Wayfair Fund” I keep hearing about?

By Logan Finney, Idaho Reports Idaho collects a six-percent sales tax on most retail purchases. That revenue is directed through a complex distribution formula that divvies up the money between various state accounts, distributes a portion to local governments, and deposits the remainder in the state’s general fund. Sales taxes from certain online purchases, however, do not pass throughContinue reading “What’s this “Wayfair Fund” I keep hearing about?”

House panel approves upping Idaho’s grocery tax credit 

by Logan Finney, Idaho Reports  A bill to increase Idaho’s food tax credit passed out of a House committee Monday morning. The grocery credit is currently $100 for full-time Idaho residents and $120 for those age 65 and older. House Bill 509 would increase those rates to $120 and $140 respectively. “The credit hasn’t beenContinue reading “House panel approves upping Idaho’s grocery tax credit “

Change in Employee Compensation to recommend 3% raise for state employees

By Ruth Brown, Idaho Reports  The Change in Employee Compensation Committee reached an agreement Tuesday on how state employees will be compensated next year. Rep. Scott Syme, R-Caldwell, proposed offering a 3% salary structure raise and up to a $1.25 per hour merit raise.  The compensation schedule would be shifted upwards by 3% at allContinue reading “Change in Employee Compensation to recommend 3% raise for state employees”

House passes tax cut and rebate bill

by Logan Finney, Idaho Reports  The Idaho House of Representatives approved this year’s headliner tax proposal on Thursday, voting 57-13 to pass the bill and send it to the Senate. House Bill 436 would lower individual and corporate income tax rates and issue one-time rebate checks for full-time residents, similar to last year’s income taxContinue reading “House passes tax cut and rebate bill”

Idaho Department of Correction hopes to build new women’s prison

By Ruth Brown, Idaho Reports  For the first time in more than a decade, with the support of the governor, the Idaho Department of Correction is asking lawmakers for funding to build a new prison. On Tuesday, IDOC Director Josh Tewalt pitched his $333 million budget request to the Joint Finance Appropriation Committee, outlining someContinue reading “Idaho Department of Correction hopes to build new women’s prison”

Little gives brief glimpse at 2022 priorities at Wednesday speech

by Melissa Davlin, Idaho Reports During brief remarks at the Associated Taxpayers of Idaho annual conference on Wednesday, Gov. Brad Little hinted at his priorities for the upcoming 2022 legislative session. “This upcoming session, I will reveal my plans on how to give back to the people of Idaho yet another record budget surplus —Continue reading “Little gives brief glimpse at 2022 priorities at Wednesday speech”

Budget committee shoots down federal overreach fund

by Logan Finney, Idaho Reports  The joint budget committee shot down a new legal fund for the legislature Monday afternoon, voting 12-6 against the proposal.  The bill from Rep. Sage Dixon, R-Ponderay, would have created a Federal Overreach Legal Defense Fund for the legislature’s legal expenses in defending the state from overreach by the federalContinue reading “Budget committee shoots down federal overreach fund”

ISP will request funding more troopers for capitol after increased threats

By Ruth Brown, Idaho Reports The Idaho State Police will ask the Legislature to provide funding for additional police to protect the Capitol complex and state-owned buildings. The additional request for fiscal year 2023, costing roughly $2.6 million, comes from ISP to pay for 12 full-time permanent positions in the capitol protective services unit. TheContinue reading “ISP will request funding more troopers for capitol after increased threats”