State of Idaho Archives: on Tax Reform


Jim Risch: No tax increases, but no cuts to entitlements nor veterans

Q: Should the federal government raise taxes in order to balance the budget? Which spending cuts do you favor?

JIM RISCH: No tax increases. I do not favor any cut to the current recipients of social security, Medicare, veterans' benefits, or those who are soon to become recipients. Those promised benefits have been earned and paid for by the recipients and are a legal and moral obligation to them. Because the government is spending 25% more money than they are taking in, and borrowing that money, all other spending needs to be reviewed.

NELS MITCHELL: Members of the Senate spend too much time grabbing for headlines. When Ted Cruz, aided by Jim Risch, shut down the government for 16 days more than $24 billion of taxpayer dollars was wasted. That type of callous waste and indifference is dangerous to the country. We have a tax system that plays favorites and is inefficient.

Source: Idaho Statesman Voter Guide on 2014 Idaho Senate race Jun 25, 2014

Butch Otter: Reduce tax burden; lower rates for individuals & businesses

I encourage you to seriously consider legislation being introduced by Representative Marv Hagedorn. His bill would equalize and then gradually reduce our marginal State income tax rates for individuals and businesses over ten years, starting in 2013. But whether it's that bill or an alternative, we need a long-term plan for reducing the tax burden on our citizens. That will go a long way toward providing a competitive advantage for Idahoans, stimulating economic growth and expanding our tax base.
Source: Idaho 2011 State of the State and Budget Address Jan 10, 2011

Raul Labrador: Oppose any and all efforts to increase taxes

Throughout his time in the Idaho Legislature, Raul Labrador has been a proven tax fighter and a committed advocate for tax relief for Idaho families. Whether it is leading the effort against efforts to raise the gas tax or sponsoring legislation to reduce the burden taxes play on you and your family, Raul has been at the forefront of the fight to protect Idaho taxpayers.

Raul will also oppose any and all efforts to increase your taxes, just like he has in the Idaho Legislature.

Source: 2010 House campaign website, labrador4idaho.com, "Issues" Nov 2, 2010

Jim Risch: I’ll drop out if I got $53,000 in undisclosed tax relief

Jim Risch said he would drop out of the race if an accusation over property taxes made by challenger Larry LaRocco turned out to be true. The issue is whether Risch got $53,000 in tax relief last year.

LaRocco said, “When he was governor he passed a property tax relief bill where he personally benefited at least $53,000, but he never disclosed it to the people of Idaho,” said LaRocco.

“Well, if I got $53,000 out of that bill, I’ll drop out of this race and if you’re wrong you should do the same,“ said Risch.

NewsChannel 7 took a look; we found 13 pieces of property that would fall under the 2006 tax relief umbrella. According to LaRocco’s property valuation, Risch totaled $53,295 in tax breaks. But some of Risch’s property falls under Idaho’s agricultural exemption which means it’s used for farming or grazing--and that makes the property value much lower. Using the same math with the lower agriculture value numbers, Risch actually got a relief of little more than $5,000.

Source: 2008 Idaho Senate Debate reported on KTVB Idaho News Oct 22, 2008

Larry LaRocco: Risch got undisclosed personal $53,000 from his tax relief

Jim Risch said he would drop out of the race if an accusation over property taxes made by challenger Larry LaRocco turned out to be true. The issue is whether Risch got $53,000 in tax relief last year.

LaRocco said, “When he was governor he passed a property tax relief bill where he personally benefited at least $53,000, but he never disclosed it to the people of Idaho,” said LaRocco.

“Well, if I got $53,000 out of that bill, I’ll drop out of this race and if you’re wrong you should do the same,“ said Risch.

NewsChannel 7 took a look; we found 13 pieces of property that would fall under the 2006 tax relief umbrella. According to LaRocco’s property valuation, Risch totaled $53,295 in tax breaks. But some of Risch’s property falls under Idaho’s agricultural exemption which means it’s used for farming or grazing--and that makes the property value much lower. Using the same math with the lower agriculture value numbers, Risch actually got a relief of little more than $5,000.

Source: 2008 Idaho Senate Debate reported on KTVB Idaho News Oct 22, 2008

Jim Risch: Earned nickname “taxpayers friend” by fighting tax increases

As governor I called a special session of the legislature to put a stop to skyrocketing property tax increases. After years of effectively fighting tax increases in the state senate I have earned a name I am proud of “the taxpayers friend.”
Source: 2008 Senate campaign website, www.Risch4Idaho.com, “Issues” May 2, 2008

Jerry Brady: Remove tax breaks for media

Brady, a newspaper publisher & media company president, said he would eliminate laws that exempt sales tax from being paid on broadcast & publishing equipment. The sales tax breaks “have no utility except to make life easier for my company,” said Brady, who owns the Post Register newspaper and KIFI-TV in Idaho Falls. “Why should I be singled out to receive those special favors that no one else is receiving?” The purchases would generate about $1.9 million for the state if the exemptions were removed.
Source: Idaho Statesman “Brady Favors Ending Media Exemption” Oct 8, 2002

Dirk Kempthorne: Return $140M of surplus to taxpayers

We have created a positive atmosphere that has generated a surplus. My budget package recognizes where this money came from in the first place. And that’s the hard-working Idahoans who pay taxes. Therefore, I will recommend tax relief in the amount of $140 million. A portion of that is permanent. A portion of that is one-time. And just as we did this year, if the surplus continues, we can continue to provide significant tax relief next year.

In that $140 million, the categories of tax relief will be individual income tax, corporate tax, investment tax credit enhancements and broadband connectivity geared toward our rural areas. There will be an increase for senior citizens in the grocery tax credit, and I am recommending that for young families that the childcare tax deduction become a tax credit, and an increase in the allowance on elderly dependent care. We will have for the first time research and development tax credits. It is a well-rounded, inclusive program.

Source: 2001 State of the State address to the Idaho legislature Jan 8, 2001

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