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BOISE, Idaho -  Lawmakers are considering four proposals to reduce or eliminate sales taxes Idaho residents pay on food. The bills were introduced at a hearing this morning.

They include Governor Butch" Otter's measure that would target $46 million in tax relief to the state's working poor. There's also competing Republican proposal to eliminate the 6 percent state surcharge on food for everyone over the next four years.

Another Democrat-backed plan would cut the tax on food in half, and another would increase grocery tax credit all Idaho residents now receive.

The issue has emerged as one of the major themes of the 2007 Legislature. That's after a lawmakers last August raised the sales tax on everything, including food to 6 percent from 5 percent in order to fund property tax relief.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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