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Business leaders address protections for gay workers (access required)

The organizers behind an effort to protect gay, lesbian and transgender people from discrimination in Idaho have started reaching out to the business community for support, hoping to swing momentum at the statehouse where legislation has been handily defeated three ...

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BSU, ISU presidents continue pleas to minimize higher education cuts  (access required)

The presidents of Boise State University and Idaho State University lobbed a few more pleas to lawmakers on the Legislature’s budget-writing committee to minimize cuts to higher education during a second day of public education budget hearings Jan. 26. BSU ...

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Education budget hearings begin at Idaho statehouse   (access required)

Idaho’s public colleges and universities began hearings in front of the Legislature’s budget-writing committee Jan. 25, with presidents and other officials detailing the impact of recent and proposed cuts on their institutions. University of Idaho President Duane Nellis said $22 ...

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Idaho Labor Dept. may absorb Human Rights Commission (access required)

The Idaho Human Rights Commission is in talks with the state Department of Labor to fold itself into the agency and protect its civil rights enforcement work. Director Pamela Parks told lawmakers on the Joint Finance-Appropriations Committee Jan. 22 that ...

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BSU launches Innovation Challenge

Boise State University officials are throwing down a challenge to students who can’t afford that spring break trip to Cabo San Lucas or South Padre Island (or maybe, just maybe, want to stay in Idaho and make better use of ...

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Bill declares Idahoans free from government compulsion on health care  (access required)

A House committee agreed to debate a bill that is intended to prevent the federal government from penalizing Idahoans for not having health insurance. Rep. Jim Clark, R-Hayden Lake, introduced the “Idaho Health Freedom Act” on Jan. 19 to the ...

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Cutback cakewalk: Businesses line up behind Otter (access required)

Idaho Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter unveiled a severe budget last week that calls for the first-ever mid-year cuts to K-12 public schools and deepens a spending decline for the state’s colleges and universities. He recommends a $1.21 billion general fund ...

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Tax law change could net $500K from out-of-state business execs (access required)

The Idaho Tax Commission presented a bill Jan. 14 that it estimates could bring in at least $500,000 annually from out-of-state business executives who fail to pay income taxes they owe to the state. The House Revenue and Taxation Committee ...

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