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Idaho tax agency releases study on business tax

A new state report on how Idaho’s hundreds of cities, counties and local taxing districts rely on fees levied against business equipment has been published in time for the 2013 Legislature, where lawmakers in Boise will be urged by a ...

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US homebuilder confidence at 6 1/2-year high

Confidence among U.S. homebuilders inched up in December, to the highest level in more than six and a half years, as builders reported the best market for newly built homes since the housing boom. The National Association of Home Builders/Wells ...

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Oil, gas drilling rile West’s energy embrace

This used to be a land proud of its oil barons. Now the energy industry that has brought wealth and jobs across the interior West is prompting angry protests by citizens sporting gas masks and using bullhorns at public hearings. ...

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Idaho sues federal government over ROTC fire

The state of Idaho is suing the federal government for nearly $1.6 million because state attorneys say members of the U.S. Navy’s Reserve Officer Training Corps negligently caused a fire at the University of Idaho. The lawsuit was filed in ...

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Otter opts for state-based insurance exchange

Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter said Dec. 11 a state-built health insurance exchange is the best option for Idaho under the federal government’s health care overhaul, but left the final decision up to lawmakers who return to Boise in January. Otter ...

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Idaho, Oregon pot seekers may head to Washington

Now that marijuana is legal in neighboring Washington state, Portland, Ore., police are offering some helpful advice to Oregon pot users. Sure, you can go over to Washington state to “smoke some weed,” a police advisory states, but you might ...

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Otter’s exchange choice at Idaho lawmakers’ mercy

Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter’s decision next week on what kind of insurance exchange the state should adopt remains at the mercy of lawmakers who return to Boise on Jan. 7 for the 2013 session, Republican legislative leaders said. Otter has ...

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Idaho tax panel proposes collections upgrade

Idaho tax officials want the state to invest $5.2 million for a major computer upgrade in its collection system. The Idaho Tax Commission plans to pitch the upgrade to lawmakers in January as an improvement that could pay for itself ...

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Paul Petrino to get at least $390K at Idaho

New University of Idaho head coach Paul Petrino will be paid at least $390,000 annually in a three-year contract approved by the Idaho State Board of Education. The board voted unanimously Nov. 4 to approve the package for Petrino, who ...

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