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State employees won’t receive health savings accounts this year (access required)


A House committee has killed a bill that would allow the state to create health savings accounts for its employees one week after the Senate voted unanimously in favor of the bill. The House Commerce and Human Resources Committee voted ...

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Conference focuses on building cybersecurity protocols


Business owners should expect to face a cyberattack. The only question is when it will happen and how to prepare,  according to industry professionals. Businesses are growing increasingly reliant on technology, but new technology brings new risks. Several businesses now face ...

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Senator highlights grocery tax bill (access required)

At a Caldwell, ID., Albertson store, a shopper receives receipt and change.  PHOTO BY PAUL HOSEFROS

Idaho lawmakers are drawing attention to a newly proposed bill to exempt groceries from Idaho’s sales tax. Sen. Clifford Bayer, R-Meridian and sponsor of the bill, said the bill would also eliminate Idaho’s grocery tax credit, which would offset most of ...

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Task force sets out to improve Idaho’s workforce (access required)

Boise State computer science student Audrey McCormick helps high school kids during the "Coding is Cool" summer camp where many are introduced to computer science for the first time. Photo courtesy of Boise State University

There’s no clear-cut path for students when it comes to technology jobs. But the Governor’s Workforce Development Task Force is hoping to hone in on some of the best options for building a strong workforce. The task force met with trade ...

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General Mills boosts eco-friendly grain Kernza

Kernza. Photo courtesy of the Land Institute.

A sweet, nutty-tasting new grain called Kernza is getting a big boost from food giant General Mills, which is intrigued by the potentially big environmental benefits of the drought-resistant crop with long roots that doesn’t need to be replanted every ...

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A word with Max Clark, CCDC’s parking facilities director (access required)

Max Clark, CCDC parking and facilities director, at the Eastman Garage in Boise. Photo by Patrick Sweeney.

Max Clark is the parking facilities director for the Capital City Development Corp., or CCDC, the urban renewal agency that raises money through tax increment financing for many of the city’s physical assets, including its parking garages. Clark has spent ...

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Idaho Lottery enters into new contract with service provider


After receiving proposals from three gaming equipment vendors, the Idaho Lottery is entering into another 10-year contract with the Georgia company Intralot. Intralot has been contracted with Idaho Lottery since 2007 and provides all of the equipment for multi-state games ...

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Pay disparity hurts women in Idaho (access required)

Women working in a Treasure Valley health care office.

Idaho has been showing up on flattering Top Ten lists lately, but it’s also on one that isn’t such good news: The state ranked No. 7 for the worst inequality of pay between men and women. Policy and business leaders ...

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