Don't blame legislators for this one. Idaho may be one of only two states that requires a Girl Scout to turn over sales tax revenue for cookies. But in this case, it's the right policy and the Legislature should stand by it.
The state is not taking away money that otherwise would go to worthwhile programs within Girl Scouts. Cookies, as with other products, are subject to a 6 percent sales tax. That tax is included in the $3.75 price the Silver Sage Council charges for a box of cookies.
If the Girl Scouts want more money for programs, they have the ability to charge more. According to Mary Ann Reuter, marketing communications manager for the Silver Sage, some areas charge $4.25 for a box of cookies.
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