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Re: “How Idaho's Sales Tax Saddles Low-Income Households

A few times a month, Kathy McNary crosses the border to buy food and other necessities for her family of five. The 40-year-old mother lives in Caldwell, but says traveling to Ontario, Oregon, for groceries is a no-brainer. "I save a lot," she says. "If I spend $50 at one store, that means I save $3 in taxes. That adds up pretty quickly." I'm a supporter of food tax relief, but this one is a bit of a stretch. It is a 66 mile round trip from the Caldwell Wal-mart to the Ontario Wal-mart; so if you manage 20 miles to the gallon of gas at $2.20 per gallon, it is going to cost $7.26 round trip. So the McNary family needs to spend $121.00 each trip to Oregon just to break even. IMHO, I think we should do away with all tax on non-prepared foods starting this year to help encourge better eating habits. There is no reason to give a tax break for softdrinks and other junk food.

Posted by Ben Hill on 11/19/2006 at 2:20 PM

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