BOISE, Idaho (AP) – The House voted 49-20 for Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter’s proposed $35.7 million tax cut for Idaho individuals and businesses. Otter made this a priority in his Jan. 12 State of the State speech, favoring directing at least a portion of state revenue that’s recovered following the 2008 recession to tax relief, rather than reversing cuts to Medicaid. Republican House Majority Leader Mike Moyle of Star, the bill’s sponsor, argued for giving the money back to taxpayers as the state pumps some of its new revenue back into education and rainy day accounts. Meanwhile, Rep. Dennis Lake of Blackfoot, one of the measure’s few Republican foes, countered foregoing revenue from 2013 onward jeopardizes Idaho’s reserve accounts. Twelve Democrats opposed the measure; seven Republicans joined Lake against the bill.
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