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Gov. Otter: We must create jobs immediately (access required)

Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter said he decided to accept $1.2 billion in federal stimulus money “reluctantly and cautiously” despite his reservations about increased government spending because it will provide immediate relief to Idahoans facing tough times. “The potential of creating ...

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Idaho ethanol production freezes up (access required)

Production of ethanol in Idaho has hit a wall, knocked back by falling petroleum prices, oversupply in the industry, stagnating consumption and backfiring bets on corn futures contracts. Pacific Ethanol of Sacramento, Calif., announced on Feb. 27 that it would ...

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Micron cuts add to grim job picture (access required)

Alan Butcher has resigned himself to a ruined credit score, though he hopes nobody comes to repossess his car anytime soon. He and his girlfriend have turned to Medicaid to help care for their six-month-old son Ayden even while they ...

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Lawmakers vote for further debate on beer, wine tax hikes (access required)

The House Revenue and Taxation Committee voted narrowly to continue debate on a bill that would raise taxes on beer and wine to pay for substance abuse treatment. The proposal, brought by the non-partisan group The Common Interest, would raise ...

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Tax break bill for power lines, pipelines and railways dies (access required)

A bill that would have added railways, pipelines and power lines to the list of equipment eligible for a tax break the Legislature approved last year has died, according to House Taxation and Revenue Committee Chairman Dennis Lake. The Idaho ...

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Merchants fear new 10th Street transit plan (access required)

Business owners and landlords on Boise’s 10th Street crowded a meeting last week to assail a last-minute effort by local officials to consider a transit center that would remake two blocks of their street to make way for buses, bicycles, ...

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Gov’s road plan may run out of gas (access required)

Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter stood on the steps of the Capitol Annex backed by dozens of clapping supporters last week when he unveiled his plan to raise millions of dollars for annual road and bridge maintenance, but inside the Legislature’s ...

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Proposal would triple cost of food licenses (access required)

Restaurant owners and food vendors are decrying a proposal by Idaho public health officials to triple the cost of licenses over the next two years.The state’s seven health districts, who license and conduct annual inspections of food providers, want to ...

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Idaho colleges and universities face broad cuts (access required)

Idaho colleges and universities face the prospect of steep budget cuts next year at the same time many are reporting record student enrollment numbers. The four state-funded colleges and universities – Boise State University, the University of Idaho, Idaho State ...

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