TWIN FALLS • Idaho’s Girl Scout Cookie tax exemption fight received national attention, and supporters hope to harness that momentum for next year.
On Saturday, the Wall Street Journal ran a front-page article on the failed exemption effort, and ABC’s Good Morning America ran a segment on the story.
Idaho and Hawaii are the only two states with a sales tax on Girl Scout Cookies. An effort to exempt the tax passed the Idaho House in March but didn’t get a hearing in the Senate.
According to the Silver Sage Girl Scouts, Idaho receives about $150,000 annually from taxes on Girl Scout Cookies.
Sen. Jim Patrick, R-Twin Falls, supports exempting the tax. He was quoted in both the Wall Street Journal and on Good Morning America. On the ABC morning show, Patrick explained the opposition in the Senate. The part of the interview where Patrick discussed his support for the exemption was cut from the final segment, and Patrick is concerned viewers think he opposes the exemption.
“I was a little disappointed in the way they did it,” Patrick said, adding he understood the program had a short amount of time to explain the issue.
But the important thing is the attention, Patrick said. He hopes the bill will come back next year. So do the scouts. Twelve-year-old Makayla Williams told the Wall Street Journal that next year the girls will focus lobbying efforts on the Senate.