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Beer and Wine Tax FAILS...

by Maggie O'Mara

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Posted on February 26, 2009 at 6:16 AM

Updated Thursday, Oct 22 at 11:11 AM

It seemed like there were a lot of people out there in our community that really DIDN'T want the beer and wine tax to pass. I even noticed a Facebook group where you could become a FAN of not wanting the tax approved. (Have you noticed Facebook seems to have a "group" for just about everything these days? You can be a FAN of KTVB News too!)

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The proposal would have more than tripled the state tax on adult beverages, but the House Revenue and Taxation Committee rejected the bill in a 13 to 5 vote.

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Supporters say the revenue could have provided 14-million dollars a year for substance abuse treatment. (Which is something we could certainly use here in Idaho) But those against it argued a recession is not the time to raise taxes.

The 10 Commandments Monument drama is back! Five years ago, Mayor Bieter had the monument moved from Julia Davis Park to a local church. He did that after an anti-gay activist threatened to sue the city for not allowing him to put his own monument there too. The city didn't want that, so it was moved.

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A U.S. Supreme Court decision yesterday (in a separate Utah case) says cities (like Boise!) have the right to pick and choose which monuments are put in parks. So, will the monument go back to Julia Davis Park now? The mayor says the issue is over. Some want it put back... we'll have to see what happens.

I wanted to show you this funny cartoon of our "Today's Morning News" crew...

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(Larry, me, Doug, Edgar)

Our studio camera operator Nick McMullin is a super talented artist... and he started drawing these funny cartoons of us recently... they crack me up. He even put a tiny coffee cup in there for me because he knows I'm useless without caffeine...

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(Our talented KTVB artist, Nick McMullin)

I think the characters he draws really do look like us... (which may not be a good thing, by the way - check out my huge BUG EYES and ginormous head)

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Anyway... we get a big kick out of them here at KTVB, so I thought you would too! I've asked him to draw us a special "Behind the Scenes" cartoon once a week for the blog! So look for more in the future...

P.S. There won't be a BLOG entry tomorrow because I'll be taking Friday off this week... I'm heading to Sun Valley to go to the Share Your Heart Ball! It's a fundraiser for Camp Rainbow Gold - which is a camp for kids who are battling cancer.

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What a wonderful cause! More on that coming up on Monday...