PNS Daily News - December 16, 2019 

Sen. Chuck Schumer calls for four specific witnesses in Senate impeachment trial; giving Iowans with disabilities a voice in caucuses; and an expert says Seasonal Affective Disorder is a lot more than just the holiday blues.

2020Talks - December 16, 2019 

Sen. Cory Booker led the charge asking the DNC to ease up debate qualification requirements. All seven candidates who made the cut for Thursday's debate say they won't participate in the debate at Loyola Marymount in LA if it means crossing the picket line of Unite Here Local 11.

Tax Day Comparisons - How Much Did You Pay, and For What?

April 17, 2007

Many Idaho families writing tax checks today are dreaming of tax cuts, but if they're average families, they can forget about it, according to a new report. The report finds the average federal tax bill in Idaho is around $2,600. Pamela Schwartz with the non-partisan National Priorities Project says there have been several rounds of tax cuts in recent years, but average working families aren't seeing much of a difference.

"The top 20 percent of the wealthiest taxpayers are coming away with two-thirds of the tax cuts. That's over $143 billion."

The report also shows where the money goes. For Idaho taxpayers, 25 cents of every dollar goes to the military, and military debt. At the state level, the biggest share of each dollar goes to education.

Schwartz notes that although military spending is important for national security, the details show that preventive protection doesn't get much of the military money.

"Diplomacy, economic development assistance, locking down nuclear weapons are all the things that will make all of us feel safer are getting three-quarters of a penny of your income tax dollar."

More information about how federal tax dollars are spent can be found online at

Deborah Smith/Chris Thomas, Public News Service - ID