IDAHO LAWMAKER WANTS TO MAKE IT TOUGHER TO RAISE TAXES

Emilie Ritter Saunders: The Associated Press reports conservative Idaho lawmakers are pushing a constitutional amendment to require a two-thirds vote for fee or tax hikes passed by the Legislature.

Sen. Steve Vick (R-Dalton Gardens) is a first term Idaho legislator.  He previously served in the Montana Legislature for seven years.  Vick wants Idaho to join about 16 other states that have adopted this supermajority requirement.

The House State Affairs committee passed the measure 15–3 along party lines, with all Republicans supporting it and Democrats opposed.

Vick told IdahoReporter.com he’s seen the idea in other states and thought it’d be a good fit for Idaho. “It just seemed like a good idea,” Vick said. “The primary motive is to control the growth of government.”

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