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Republicans in the legislature are trying to find ways to cut taxes this session. In the House, the GOP wants to make a small cut to income taxes, a plan that would benefit the wealthiest Idahoans the most.

The Senate on Thursday introduced its plan: a surprise move to repeal the state’s tax on groceries. We think that’s a much fairer way to bring tax relief.

All Idahoans pay a 6 percent tax on groceries. Killing the grocery tax will help people struggling to afford food, local farmers who sell direct to consumers, and cities in border communities where residents sometimes drive to a neighboring state to shop to avoid Idaho’s food tax.

Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter isn’t a fan of repealing the grocery tax. But he stopped short of threatening to veto the plan when he sent a letter to Republican leaders this week.

Legislators have just one week left to find a solution. Will it be the House’s income tax relief, or the Senate’s repeal of the grocery tax? Or nothing at all?

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Jeers to the Cassia County School District, which this week announced it was relocating the popular principal of Oakley’s junior and senior high schools.

The school board met in executive session to discuss the move and then provided almost no reasoning to parents for why Michael Corbett was being reassigned to a vice-principal position at two Burley elementary schools. Even Corbett said he wasn’t quite sure why he was being moved.

Parents, students and community members were understandably upset and protested Thursday, waving signs in front of the Cassia County School District office.

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We understand that school districts often have to make difficult decisions when it comes to putting the right administrators in the right places. But it was downright wrong not to be more transparent about its reasoning.

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When one of the world’s most awesome natural wonders is in your backyard, sometimes it’s easy to take it for granted.

Flows have surpassed 18,000 cubic feet per second, their highest in two decades. That’s drawing hundreds of onlookers a day to the falls. The city opened its fee-collection booth on Thursday. Officials expect massive crowds over spring break.

Experts say the stunning flows will continue for at least the next month. Don’t miss your chance to see a truly stunning natural spectacle at its zenith. It might be another 20 years before the falls are this impressive again.

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