House Approved Plan to Raise Grocery Tax

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The Idaho House has overwhelmingly approved a plan to increase Idaho’s grocery tax credit by $10 per person.

The House Revenue and Taxation Committee introduced the plan less than two hours earlier on Thursday morning. The House then voted 68-1 to send the proposal to the Senate.

House Majority Leader Mike Moyle from Star is backing the proposal. The legislation is estimated to cost almost $14 million in general fund dollars.

The Republican leader’s previous sweeping tax plan to raise the fuel tax, lower income taxes on high-income earners and eliminate the grocery tax all together died in the Senate last week.

Under the bill, most eligible Idahoans would be reimbursed $110 for taxes paid on food.

Moyle says he hopes to introduce a broader tax plan next legislative session.