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Brookings scholar calls Boise downtown ‘remarkable’ (access required)

Urban land use strategist and developer Christopher Leinberger of The Brookings Institution said he’s had his eye on Boise’s downtown for about 12 years, and he loves what he sees. Leinberger, an advocate of pedestrian-oriented, mixed use “urban walkability,” said ...

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Back to work: Lawmakers feel pain in personal businesses, too (access required)

As the Idaho Legislature debates pay cuts and layoffs for state employees and the first-ever decrease in public school spending in the face of steep revenue declines, some lawmakers are facing similar decisions to keep their own businesses afloat. Rep. ...

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Investors fret over Meridian firms’ collapse (access required)

Roughly 40 Treasure Valley investors are reeling from the collapse of a Meridian-based investment fund promoted as a way to capitalize on the under-served market of “bridge and gap lending” to builders and developers in the area. The state is ...

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State takes aim at secondary market for life insurance policies (access required)

Idaho lawmakers have passed a bill that would begin to regulate the secondary market for life insurance policies, outlawing dishonest practices and requiring licensing, record-keeping and disclosure for legitimate professionals. The bill crafted by the Idaho Department of Insurance has ...

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Liquor license holders mixed on reform bill (access required)

Susan and Larry Jenkins have poured their life savings into the Gem Lounge in Emmett, restoring a historic 1920s Main Street building to turn it into a thriving bar. Last week, they tried to put their faces to potential fallout ...

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Panel OKs memorial on secret ballot legislation (access required)

The Senate State Affairs Committee approved a memorial that urges Idaho’s congressional delegation to oppose federal legislation that would make union organizing easier. The non-binding measure asks the state’s four federal lawmakers to vote against the Employee Free Choice Act, ...

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House defeats Otter’s gas tax hike (access required)

House lawmakers handed Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter a major defeat last week in his bid to raise money for highway and bridge maintenance when they rejected his plan to hike the state gas tax by 7 cents over three years. ...

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VRT abandons 10th Street transit center concept (access required)

A plan to build a transit hub on 10th Street in downtown Boise has died. Valley Regional Transit’s board of directors voted instead on March 18 to send alternative plans for a hub off 11th Street, half a block away, ...

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Bill would give ITD authority to use ‘design-build’ concept (access required)

A bill that cleared a Senate committee last week would give the Idaho Transportation Department authority to award contracts through a method that could save time and money on large, complex highway projects. The measure would allow transportation administrators to ...

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