Idaho Court Decision on Grocery Tax Creates Confusion
A decision by the Idaho Supreme Court is a real head scratcher.
The decision this week upheld the veto but said future Governors wouldn’t be cut the same slack.
Here’s the history. Both houses of the legislature overwhelmingly voted to repeal the sales tax on groceries (and across party lines). Then Governor “Butch” Otter vetoed the bill 12 days after it was complete. The state constitution allows only ten days. Otherwise the bill then becomes law. The Governor cited a 1978 precedent and claimed the constitution means 10 days from the time the bill reaches his desk. State Representative Bryan Zollinger rounded up 29 colleagues and challenged the Governor in court. The decision this week upheld the veto but said future Governors wouldn’t be cut the same slack. Zollinger filled us in today on Top Story: