Monday starts Week 10 at the Legislature — with plenty on the agenda.
Personal property taxes
On Tuesday morning, the House Revenue and Taxation Committee will discuss two competing proposals to repeal personal property taxes. This tax on business supplies, equipment and furnishings provided $38.6 million for schools in 2012, but businesses have long bristled at the tax and its cumbersome paperwork requirements.
The Idaho School Boards Association and the Idaho Association of School Administrators have joined forces with cities and counties on House Bill 272, which would allow a business an exemption on $100,000 of personal property. This is an $18 million to $19 million tax cut.
The Idaho Association of Commerce and Industry’s version would phase out the tax over seven years. Schools and other local governments would be reimbursed — but not on future tax levies.
Revenue and Taxation will discuss both proposals, but no vote is expected.
The Senate Education Committee is scheduled to vote Monday afternoon on House Bill 206, which would provide $1.4 million in stipends for charter school facilities; and House Bill 221, which would allow universities and nonprofit groups to authorize new charter schools.
Reduction in force
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The House could vote as early as Monday on Senate Bill 1089, which would, once again, eliminate the teacher early retirement program.
Math and science teachers
Also sitting on the House docket: Senate Bill 1092, which dedicates $4.85 million to hire math and science teachers.
Income tax credits
Sen. Bob Nonini, R-Coeur d’Alene, will be back before Revenue and Taxation Monday morning with a new version of a bill providing income tax credits for donors who contribute to private school scholarships.