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Idaho blocks Girls Scouts sales tax bill

April 8, 2013 at 8:15 AM

BOISE, Idaho, April 8 (UPI) -- Idaho's House of Representatives blocked a bill that would exempt the Girl Scouts from paying sales tax on the sale of Girl Scout cookies.

A troop of Idaho Girl Scouts was on hand at the state Capitol before the tax hearing to lobby legislators to pass the bill, ABC News reported Monday. The girls gave lawmakers hand-written notes and Thin Mints to explain their cause.

As it stands, for each box of cookies sold, the Girl Scouts must hand over 22 cents to the state, resulting in a total loss of $150,000 in revenue.

"The issue is, how many exemptions do we get?" asked State Sen. Jim Patrick, a supporter of the Girl Scouts.

A fourth-year scout identified as Hailey told ABC News she was disappointed with the outcome, but plans to lobby again next year.

"We are going to keep on going to get this law passed," she said.

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