[Vision2020] Why we can't have nice things...

Ron Force ronforce at gmail.com
Wed Nov 20 21:30:53 PST 2019

>From *Eye on Boise *by Betsy Z Russell, Idaho Press.

A crowd of more than 80 turned out for a House GOP caucus town-hall meeting
at Nampa City Hall on Tuesday night, to hear local Nampa legislators and
House GOP leaders talk taxes, transportation, ballot initiatives, impact
fees and more. “We can just tighten the purse strings a little bit and not
spend so much money,” Rep. Tammy Nichols, R-Middleton, said to applause and
calls of “yeah.” That was her answer to addressing rising property tax,
crowded roads, and more.

House Majority Leader Mike Moyle, R-Star, said, “The problem in my humble
opinion is with the budgets. And I think there’s room to work there.” He
said the state needs to make big changes to relieve property taxes,
declaring, “There has to be something done. Or else I’ll bring the

Asked about local-option taxes, Moyle called that “nothing more than a
sales tax increase” and said, “I think that local option oughta stay right
where it is right now and that’s dead.”

“I guarantee you that no one will ever fault you for lack of passion over
taxes,” said House GOP Caucus Chair Megan Blanksma, R-Hammett. Moyle
responded amid laughter, “I hate ‘em.”
Ron Force
Moscow Idaho USA
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