2017 Idaho Legislature
In a divided and nuanced decision, the Supreme Court kept the sales tax on groceries intact. The $80 million repeal could affect available funding for K-12 and higher education.
Revenues came in $49.6 million ahead of projections, but only a small fraction of the money could wind up going into education budgets.
A key takeaway from the lengthy report: Idaho is the only state where the Legislature has removed references to climate change from science standards.
“More legislators than ever before voted in support of legislation to restrain the size and power of government,” Idaho Freedom Foundation president Wayne Hoffman said Friday, as the group issued its 2017 scorecard.
Passed in the final hours of the 2017 session, the new law allows the Idaho Transportation Department to siphon some state dollars into pedestrian projects near school zones.
Still hanging fire: a bill to repeal the state’s grocery tax, and a $315 million highway and infrastructure bill. Otter has voiced his opposition to the grocery tax repeal.