Girl Scouts want lawmakers to grant tax exemption on cookie sales

Girl Scouts want lawmakers to grant tax exemption on cookie sales

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Girl Scouts want lawmakers to grant tax exemption on cookie sales

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by Associated Press

KTVB.COM

Posted on February 18, 2013 at 4:48 PM

Updated Monday, Nov 25 at 2:55 AM

BOISE -- Girl Scouts want lawmakers to make their famous cookies exempt from the Idaho sales tax.

Members of the Girl Scouts of Silver Sage were at the Statehouse Monday with boxes and boxes of cookies to talk with lawmakers about how sales of those cookies benefit girls by teaching life skills, and funding programs such as anti-bullying efforts, as well as financial assistance for girls who want to take part in Girl Scouts, but might not otherwise be able to afford it.

"It's the first time that they've had a lobby day. The reason behind it is because Idaho and Hawaii are the last two states in the United States that charge a sales tax on the cookie program," said Julie Hart.

Girl Scouts lobbyist Julie Hart told us a sales tax exemption on their cookie sales would mean about $140,000 to help fund Girl Scouts programs.

They're hoping that a bill will soon be introduced in the House.

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